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Cultural and Social Anthropology

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The Master Cultural and Social Anthropology at the UvA allows students to design and conduct their own ethnographic project. Through in-depth fieldwork, students are stimulated to think critically about social and cultural phenomena and engage with current anthropological debates. The department is characterized by its broad research agenda that deals with questions relating to migration and mobility, sexuality and gender, infrastructure and labour, environment and sustainability, globalization and identity, political activism, STS, race and care.


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Study programme

The programme is designed to transform you into an active participant in the production of anthropological knowledge. It does so by letting you prepare, conduct, and report on a qualitative fieldwork in a wide range of regional, thematic, and theoretical specializations. A distinctive feature of this programme is the freedom in choosing your research topic.

Qualitative research on subject of your own choice

Focus on writing

Room for exploration Anthropological theory

Close-knit community

Academic staff

The Programme Director of the MSc in Cultural and Social Anthropology is Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja.

After graduation

Many companies, NGOs and other institutions need critical thinkers that can set up and manage (research) projects, write well, know how to reach and communicate with different groups of people, are flexible, and who are able to build networks in unfamiliar settings. As an anthropology student you work on all these skills and more to complete your research project.

Is Cultural and Social Anthropology for you?

The academic standards of this Master’s programme are rigorous and that is why a high level of commitment will help you, as well as an independent attitude and the desire to learn how to write thorough analytical texts. In this track, students share a strong interest in the field of anthropology and develop a specialization of their own. You also learn to empathise with the perspectives, emotions and ideas of other people.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Cultural and Social Anthropology
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66614
Location Roeterseiland campus