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Medical Anthropology and Sociology

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

In the Master's programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, we use social science theory and methods to critically analyse health issues facing a globalising world.

The Master's programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) educates students to understand health, illness and the body from a social science perspective. The programme looks both at pressing health problems as well as key issues in social science theory. It enables students with a Bachelor's degree in a social science to deepen their knowledge of their discipline, while at the same time acquiring a specialisation in a health-related topic. Students with a medical and psychological sciences background, on the other hand, acquire further training in social science and learn to critically and reflexively integrate this training with their earlier academic and professional experience. The UvA has been a pioneer in this exciting and growing field. Our intensive, one-year programme combines coursework and a thesis project based on fieldwork. Some students choose to do research in the Netherlands and other European countries; others go to Asia, Africa or the Americas. Students examine a broad range of issues: from the social determinants of disease to sexual subcultures to the politics of pharmaceuticals.

Admission requirements

Previous education

The MSc programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in anthropology, sociology, political sciences, medical sciences (health, medicine and biomedical), history and psychology.

International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma 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 our application and admission procedures, please visit our website.

Previous education

The MSc programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in anthropology, sociology, political sciences, medical sciences (health, medicine and biomedical), history and psychology.

International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma 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 our application and admission procedures, please visit our website.

Grade average

Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of medical science. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

Grade average

Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of medical science. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

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

All applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of social sciences evidenced by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 18 EC during previous study.

Knowledge minimum

All applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of social sciences evidenced by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 18 EC during previous study.

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 also have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology evidenced by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 12 EC during previous study. Promising candidates with less than 10 EC of social science research methodology may be admitted provided they complete an intensive research methodology module first.

For more information, please visit our website.

Additional subject

All applicants should also have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology evidenced by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 12 EC during previous study. Promising candidates with less than 10 EC of social science research methodology may be admitted provided they complete an intensive research methodology module first.

For more information, please visit our website.

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: 570, TOEFL computer based: 232, TOEFL internet based: 90

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