MSc Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation

Utrecht University

Program Description

MSc Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation

Utrecht University


Despite strong globalisation forces, social and cultural sameness don’t increase. Power tensions and violent conflicts continue to persist and even erupt.


To answer that question, we need an anthropological analysis of the relation between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. The Master's programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation equips you with the knowledge and skills to make this analysis.

International fieldwork

This two-year Master has a strong international focus, and it introduces you to the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad.

Interdisciplinary character

Several courses offer an interdisciplinary setting, in which you can explore topics that relate not only to anthropology but also to e.g. political sociology, social justice and psychology.

Research schools

The research program is firmly embedded in local, national and international research contexts, demonstrated through external professorial appointments and national and international collaboration. The research program Sovereignty and Social Contestation participates in the university’s research focus area of Cultures, Citizenship, and Human Rights. Research and PhD training are situated in the KNAW-accredited research school CERES. Courses are taught by staff members with strong international reputations and standing, such as Dr Cristina Grasseni, Dr Kees Koonings, Prof. Ivan Komproe, Dr Hans de Kruijf, Dr Geert Mommersteeg, Dr Martijn Oosterbaan, Prof. Ton Robben and Dr Gerdien Steenbeek.

Best master

This programme was rated as the best Master’s Programme out of a total of thirteen MA programs in anthropology and development studies.


The Master in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for a research career, in academia ((including further PhD training), in other research institutes or in private enterprises. From the foundation of your Bachelor’s degree, this Master’s programme trains you to operate as a qualified cultural anthropologist. As a science practitioner you'll develop the academic skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and develop groundbreaking research on the relationship between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. Being educated at Utrecht University makes sure that you are equipped with a strong methodological basis.

If you wish to have a career that is less focused on research, then the Master's programme in Cultural Anthropoloy: Sustainable Citizenship might interest you. The substantive focus of this programme is on citizenship in relation to a sustainable environment, while the Master in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation focuses on the issue of power and (violent) conflict and the state.

This school offers programs in:
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Last updated January 12, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 1,951 EUR
Statutory fee. Institutional fee: € 15,150 (2014-2015) € 15,330 (2015-2016)