Master Cultural and Social Anthropology
- MSc Cultural and Social Anthropology
- Regulier onderwijs
- 60 EC, 12 maanden
- Februari, september
Contemporary cultural and social anthropology aims to understand and explain particular ways of living and behaving in societies all over the world, among different groups of people. How do people relate to each other and their social and material environment?
Questions of globalisation, identity and authenticity, migration, citizenship, but also of transnational relations, development, and myths of progress are at the heart of the Master’s programme in Cultural and Social Anthropology. The Master’s programme is designed to transform you into an active participant in the production of anthropological knowledge and the principles and practices of the discipline. As an anthropologist, you will investigate your carefully formulated research question by means of ethnographic fieldwork and relevant comparisons.
The Master’s programme in Anthropology is a broad, one-year Master’s programme in which you design and conduct your own high quality anthropological research. After completing a period of fieldwork, you are expected to write a well-argued thesis. A distinctive feature of this programme is the relative freedom in choosing the topic for your Master’s thesis. In terms of regional focus, there are also many options, as there is a wide range of regional specialisations among the Cultural and Social Anthropology staff, who can support and supervise your project. When starting this programme, you will need to have a preliminary idea of the kind of research you would like to conduct. This implies basic knowledge of a specific anthropological research theme as well as a region. It is also possible to join one of the established research projects of one of our staff members.
The academic standards of this Master’s programme are rigorous and you are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment, independence and resilience. What do you need in order to complete this Master’s programme successfully?
- A strong interest in anthropological theory,
- the desire to learn how to write thorough analytical texts,
- an anthropological orientation, namely the ability to empathise with the perspective, emotions and ideas of other people,
- flexibility and self-reliance, essential for the successful completion of fieldwork.
In a world of increasing globalisation, the Master’s degree in Anthropology equips you with highly relevant skills, such as:
- independently devising, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a large-scale project,
- experience in developing networks,
- knowledge of qualitative research methods, including participant observation and interviewing,
- the ability to write well and argue cohesively,
- training in the effective presentation of your own work and ideas.
Focus on research
While conducting fieldwork and writing your thesis, you are supervised by a member of the academic staff who is actively involved in anthropological research on an international scale. At UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), research is conducted on themes that include the mobility of people, goods and ideas, and the search for identity in a modern globalised world.
Ambition in research?
For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences.