MA Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Leiden University

Program Description

MA Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Leiden University

Would you like to study one of our two unique specialisations? Are you interested in graduating by using audio-visual methods or doing a multi-media project? Come to Leiden for our programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology!

In this master’s programme you will learn to understand the everyday practice of individuals, groups and communities from the inside out, and analyse how you can situate them within complex processes of global social change.


  • Global Ethnography
  • Sociology of Policy in Practice

Global Ethnography

Our globalising world increasingly demands a comparative and holistic approach to all things cultural. In the specialisation Global Ethnography you will do three months of individual research into the ways global processes manifest themselves in particular and local instances, in remote places as well as close to home.

Sociology of Policy in Practice

Our specialisation in the sociology of policy in practice teaches you to think along with companies, NGO’s and other organisations to help them respond to the challenges they are facing in our rapidly changing times. You obtain relevant working experience by conducting a three-month research-oriented internship, in close collaboration with both our Leiden staff and members of your host organisation.

3 reasons to do your master's in CA-DS at Leiden

  1. Acquire ethnographic skills at the field schools in South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa or the Netherlands
  2. Specialise in economic sustainability, environmental challenges, or visual and material culture; or work with a company or organisation doing a policy-oriented research internship
  3. Take the option to graduate with an audiovisual online project at the only CA-DS programme in the Netherlands offering Visual Ethnography

Field schools in Asia, Africa and the Netherlands

The Leiden Institute of CA-DS ensures half a century and more of expertise on South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As a student, you can enjoy the possibilities of this wide network of international contacts and conduct your own research in one of our field schools abroad, located in Indonesia (Java) or Ghana, or in the Netherlands. For more information check our webpage on the Field schools.

Master students are not strictly limited to these regions and field schools. If you have sufficient expertise, local contacts and linguistic skills, it is possible to focus on another region and do your fieldwork there. You can contact the institute’s coordinator and discuss the feasibility of your research plans.

Visual ethnography as a method

All specialisations can be combined with the methodological track ‘Visual Ethnography as a Method’. Although admission to this track requires certain minimal skills in visual ethnography (which can be obtained at the Institute CA-DS in the pre-master phase), you will be able to improve your use of audio-visual methods like photography, video and audio, both in research and in reporting through course work and your own independent research project.

Is CA-DS for you?

Students in CA-DS are ambitious, independent, curious and persistent. They like to investigate contemporary issues in line with anthropological academic conventions and carry out independent research in the Netherlands or abroad.

Career prospects

As a CA-DS master, you will be fully equipped with the scientific skills required to independently design and execute fundamental and applied research.

Tuition fees

EU/EEA, Dutch, Swiss or Surinamese: around €1,984.

Other: €16,400.


If you would like to know more, please get in touch or visit the programme introduction page on our website:

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 5, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Feb. 2017
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Non-EEA, non-Swiss, & non-Surinam: 16400
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Non-EEA, non-Swiss, & non-Surinam: 16400

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