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Cultural and Social Anthropology: Applied Anthropology (track)
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Graduates of the Master's programme Cultural and Social Anthropology are trained professionals with a solid theoretical background and trained applied research skills.

Where do our graduates work?

As an Applied Anthropology graduate you can expect to work as:

  • advisor or employee at a ministry, municipality or other governmental institution
  • policy advisor, project officer or manager at a NGO, non-profit organisation, company or in academia
  • (independent) researcher or consultant on different topics

Graduates seeking a research career within academia are eligible to pursue a PhD.


As a graduate from the track Applied Anthropology you are trained to translate anthropological knowledge to a wider (non-academic) audience. You are a professional researcher who knows how to formulate recommendations that have a practical applicability based on your anthropological findings and insights.

Career coaching during your Master's

You can make use of a wide variety of career tools and support from the UvA Student Careers Centre (SCC) during your studies. The SCC organises career events, workshops, training courses, as well as CV checks, interview practice sessions and much more. 

Career events

The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. They include workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and best practises for applying to jobs.

'I gained the more practical knowledge I was looking for'

Alumna Ilja Brugman tells you more about the Applied Anthropology track.