Social and Cultural Anthropology (M.A.)
Subject: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Degree: Master of Arts
Standard period of study: 4 semesters, up to 7 semesters as part-time studies
Start: Winter and summer semester
Part-time studies possible
Admission requirements: Bachelor or equivalent degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology or a closely related subject (see below)
Application deadline: May 15th (for the winter semester); November 15th (for the summer semester)
Lottery procedure: October 1 – 5 (winter semester), April 1 – 5 (summer semester)
Application:Application for Master's degree programmes
Language of the programme: German
The aim of this Master's degree programme is to provide students with in-depth knowledge in the field of social and cultural anthropology and to enable them to master and apply core anthropological theories, methods and insights. This focus enables students to acquire competencies in developing and applying research-based perspectives to cultural, social, ethnic and religious dynamics within specific local contexts.
Besides teaching the methods of empirical social research, the degree programme will focus on the following :
1. Theoretical approaches and analytical perspectives
2. The regions of the Asia-Pacific (in particular Southeast Asia and Oceania) and Africa with their particular regionally-specific problems and challenges
3. The diverse processes of social and cultural change in the contemporary, globally interconnected world
4. A wide range of anthropological subfields and research areas (e.g. migration and identity, gender relations and dynamics, the anthropology of religion, political and legal anthropology,, ecological anthropology and political ecology, cultural politics, the anthropology of media and technology, medical anthropology)
Master's programme structure
The programme begins each summer and winter semester. The standard period of study is four semesters. The Master's degree programme consists of a major in social and cultural anthropology combined with a minor (or module package' in German terminology). Please observe the admission requirements for module packages stipulated in the Examination Regulations for the respective subject.
The course of studies comprises 120 credits distributed over 4 semesters as follows:
a) Major in social and cultural anthropology (52 credits)
b) A permissible minor or, module package' in another subject (36 credits)
c) Key competencies (12 credits)
d) Master's thesis (20 credits).
This Master's degree programme is suitable for part-time study.
Fields of occupation
This degree enables students to enter into different professional fields: research and teaching at universities and other scientific institutions; work at museums and other institutions of cultural exchange; development work; cultural mediation in the field of migration and refugee work; in tourism and other areas; consultancy and evaluation activities in intercultural contexts; media and public relations; adult education. The Master's degree also qualifies for admission to doctoral degree programmes.
Bachelor or equivalent degree in social and cultural anthropology or a closely related subject. For studies that have not yet been completed at least 150 earned credits at the time of application.
- A minimum of 50 credits in social and/or cultural anthropology (at least 6 credits in qualitative research methods + 7 credits in non-European regional anthropology).
- Applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of DSH 2.