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Pre-Master’s programme

Medical Anthropology and Sociology

The Master’s programme in Medical and Social Anthropology offers several pre-Master possibilities to academic and Dutch HBO (University of Applied Sciences) students to make up for (slight) credit deficiencies.

Pre-Master's programme for academic Bachelors (30 ECTS)

Promising students with an academic Bachelor's degree in a field related to social sciences, but without sufficient background in social sciences and medical anthropology and sociology and social sciences research methodology, may be admitted provided that they complete a pre-Master's programme of a maximum of 30 ECTS credits first. To be admitted to this programme, you need to apply to the Master’s programme. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the pre-Master’s programme. This programme starts in February and is offered as a full-time programme.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Restricted-choice electives: Specialisation Course
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    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Theme Course
    4—5
    12
  • Practicing Ethnography
    5—6
    12

Pre-Master's programme for graduates from universities of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands (60 ECTS)

Students with an HBO Bachelor’s degree in medical sciences may be admitted provided that they complete a pre-Master's programme of 60 ECTS first. This programme starts in September and is offered as a full-time programme. To be admitted to this programme, you need to apply to the Master’s programme first. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the pre-Master’s programme. 

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Restricted-choice electives: Regional Course
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    6
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    1—2
    12
  • Historical and Comparative Sociology
    2—3
    12
  • Restricted-choice electives: Specialisation Course
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    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Theme Course
    4—5
    12
  • Practicing Ethnography
    5—6
    12

E-course

Students with slightly insufficient background in qualitative social science research methodology, may be admitted provided they complete the e-course Qualitative Research Methodology (3 ECTS) in the period prior to the Master's programme. This e-course is taught by lecturers of the Anthropology programme department and can be completed anywhere in the world. To be admitted to this e-course, you need to apply to the Master’s programme first. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the e-course.

The tuition fees for this two months long distance e-course offered in April/May is EUR 400.

Social Science Switch

The Summer School Programme organises a Social Science Switch course for those trained in the natural or medical sciences. The programme enables them to develop a more holistic approach by combining their work and studies with social science theories and concepts.

Reading assignments

Promising students who do not fully (but nearly) meet the requirements or who are in need of brushing up on their knowledge in the field of social sciences and research methodology, may be asked by the admissions committee to complete a reading assignment prior to the Master's programme.

Reading assignments are offered for free and do not require extra tuition fees.

Application to pre-Master's programme

Application for a pre-Master’s programme is not needed or even possible. You must register for the Master’s programme in Studielink and then submit an application through the link in Myinfo, also for the Master’s programme. The Admissions Committee will assess your application for the Master's programme and decide if a pre-Master’s programme or course is needed and if it will sufficiently prepare you for entry to the Master's programme.

Tuition fee

For more information, see webpage on tuition fee and calculator.

Questions

If you still have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at apply-gsss@uva.nl.

Facts & Figures
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Preliminary training necessary
Starts in February, September