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Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies

KU Leuven

12 months
2000 EUR/year
2000 EUR/year
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The Advanced Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at KU Leuven brings together students and professionals from all over the world, involved in consultancy, policy, education and research in the international development sector. It offers you a large international and interdisciplinary platform to deal with development issues from an anthropological perspective.


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This Advanced Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CADES) at KU Leuven is rooted in contemporary social and cultural anthropology. It draws both on research conducted at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA) and the Interculturalism, Migration and Minority Research Centre (IMMRC) and welcomes a variety of perspectives to enhance students’ multi-disciplinary and intercultural expertise and skills. You can choose elective courses from the following disciplines and thematic specialisations:

  • architecture and urban planning
  • economics
  • gender studies
  • post-colonial theory
  • comparative religion
  • agriculture and engineering
  • education
  • politics
  • psychology
  • philosophy

Career perspectives

As a holder of a CADES degree, you have a scientific, critical, and culture-sensitive understanding of development. You are able to relate domain-specific knowledge in the constantly evolving North-South debate, and in organisations that defend, project or evaluate collective and cultural interests, expectations and movements. You will have the tools to understand and deal with development from the viewpoint of local realities, cultures and knowledge systems. 

You may work as

  • policy-maker, 
  • project leader, 
  • consultant in ngo’s, 
  • international organisations, 
  • bilateral development co-operation, 
  • migration or 
  • minority organisations; 
  • or take up a position in education,
  • social and medical services, 
  • think tanks, 
  • international relations, 
  • enterprises 
  • or research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Power, Politics and Cultures of Late Capitalism in Anthropological Perspectives    
  •  Race, Ethnicity and the Postcolonial Condition    
  • Anthropology of Religion    
  • Culture, Migration and Mobility    
  • Posthuman Anthropology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should be holders of a master's degree. The board of admission will assess the equivalence of a four years bachelor's degree on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should have outstanding academic results. Relevant professional experience is an asset. Sufficient knowledge of English is a pre-requisite and must be proved by a TOEFL- or IELTS-test.
  •  A 4-year University Degree (3-year Bachelor + 1-year Master) or (4-year Bachelors equalling 240 ECTS Credits)
  •   Applicants should have outstanding academic results (cum laude or higher) with relevant professional experience seen as an asset

Tuition Fee

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    2000 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    2000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2000 EUR per year during 12 months.


Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
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