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Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology (M.A.)


You have already got to know European ethnographic research methods and cultural theories in a BA study program? The master program Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology will extend and broaden your skills in researching societal processes in Europe – in theory and practice. It is the aim to deepen your analytical apprehension and to show avenues of how to contribute to social and cultural development in an engaged way.

Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology
Master of Arts (M.A.)
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4 Semesters
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Winter semester
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Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology is a discipline involving cultural research and is therefore closely related to History, Linguistics, Literature, History of Art, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies and more. It aims to investigate the lifeworlds predominantly in Europe. The research subjects involve both tangible and intangible cultural assets as expressions of norms and values. The mutual processes of transmission between social classes and groups are also important. The aim of cultural-anthropological analysis is to show stability and change not only in the past, but in modern day life with the help of empirical and comparative methods.

Besides the regular MA Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, there is an option for students to study with a core focus in the "Curriculum Visual Anthropology" (CVA). This specialisation provides an in-depth education in the field of ethnographic documentary film.

With three professorships, the Göttingen Institute is one of the largest institutions for this subject in Germany. Thanks to the broad research portfolios of the lecturers as well as local resources, the institute guarantees an extensive qualification along the entire spectrum of the subject.

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The studies of the masters program qualifies graduates for work in a variety of occupational fields. In fact, there are no professions specifically designated for cultural anthropologists. Graduates possess a broad set of skills for apprehending and critically contextualizing social phenomena. They command the know-how for carrying out and documenting in situ research and transferring the findings into a variety of knowledge formats (textual, visual, audio, digital and others). Their qualification extends to the conception and installation of exhibitions, self-employed work in the media or for cultural and social policy institutions. Graduates will find work in the following fields (amongst others):

  • Museums, print and online media institutions
  • Documentary film making
  • Universities and research institutions
  • Non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • Trusts and foundations
  • Public relations
  • Publishers
  • Cultural management, cultural policy
  • Market research and advertising
  • Film, theater and literary establishments

The programme also prepares students for consecutive scientific qualification (Ph.D./Doctorate).

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This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minors) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile.

Within the Single Honours MA you have the possibility to apply for the study focus „Curriuculum Visual Anthropology (CVA)“ . The admission is offered every two years.

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Previous education

  • Bachelor degree or a comparable qualification
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility
    • the achievements must include at least 50 credit points in a cultural scientific discipline in the humanities. These must encompass achievements in ethnographic field work or cultural-historical methods as well as credits in cultural theory to the extend of at least 12 credit points,
    • they must include achievements in the basic principles of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology to the extent of at least 6 credit points.

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