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Cultural and Social Anthropology


The Master's Cultural and Social Anthropology allows you to design and conduct your own ethnographic project. Through in-depth fieldwork you are stimulated to think critically about social and cultural phenomena and engage with current anthropological debates. The anthropology department is characterised by a broad research agenda with a great variety of regions and themes.


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Study programme

The programme focuses on your development into an active participant in current anthropological debates. You will be trained as you prepare, conduct, report, analyse and describe your own qualitative fieldwork. Because in this Master's you have the freedom to choose your own research topic, our students graduate within a broad range of regional, thematic and theoretical specialisations.

Qualitative research on subject of your own choice

Focus on writing

Room for exploration Anthropological theory

Close-knit community

Academic staff

The department is characterised by its broad research agenda that deals with questions relating to migration and mobility, sexuality and gender, infrastructure and labour, environment and sustainability, globalisation and identity, political activism, STS, race and care. The programme director is Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja.


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. During your Master's in Anthropology you explore and develop these skills while working on your research project.

Is Cultural and Social Anthropology for you?

  1. Do you get excited when you can learn from other people, their perspectives, emotions and ideas?
  2. Do you have an independent attitude and take pleasure in wrestling with anthropological theory?
  3. Do you want to spend a year researching a topic of your own choosing?
  4. Do you enjoy delving into a topic through reading and writing analytical texts?
  5. Do you have the ambition to become an independent ethnographic researcher?

Then Cultural and Social Anthropology might be the right Master's for you!

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