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Cultural and Social Anthropology

Degree type
MSc
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

Contemporary social and cultural anthropology aims to understand and explain the differences and commonalities between different lifestyles found in societies of the world.

The Master's programme in Anthropology at the UvA is a broad, one-year Master's programme in which you design and conduct high quality anthropological research. After completing a period of fieldwork, you are expected to write a well-argued thesis. The University of Amsterdam's anthropology programmes encompass two research traditions: cultural anthropology and social anthropology. A distinctive feature of this programme is that there are several options for your Master's thesis. The UvA does not focus on one specific region, but on the whole world. The topic of your Master's research project is your own choice, made in consultation with members of the academic teaching staff and the supervisor. Therefore, when embarking on the Master's programme, you will need to have some idea of the kind of research you would like to conduct. This also implies knowledge of a specific anthropological research theme, combined with knowledge of a region. It is also possible to join one of the established research projects of one of our staff members.

Admission requirements

Previous education

The programme is targeted at students with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a closely related discipline, such as social sciences or humanities, are invited to apply as well. International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

For more and up-to-date information on application and admission, please visit our website.

Previous education

The programme is targeted at students with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a closely related discipline, such as social sciences or humanities, are invited to apply as well. International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

For more and up-to-date information on application and admission, please visit our website.

Written request

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Written request

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Knowledge minimum

Student should have completed a substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade.

Knowledge minimum

Students should have completed a substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade.

Language test

All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English.

For more information, please visit our website.

Language test

All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English.

For more information, please visit our website.

Grade list

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Grade list

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Additional subject

All applicants should have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology including knowledge of qualitative fieldwork methodology, reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Candidates who cannot meet this requirement may be admitted provided they complete an intensive research methodology module first.

Additional subject

All applicants should have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology including knowledge of qualitative fieldwork methodology, reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Candidates who cannot meet this requirement may be admitted provided they complete an intensive research methodology module first.

Language requirements

CAE: C1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL paper based: 575, TOEFL computer based: 232, TOEFL internet based: 90

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