MSc in Anthropology

Aarhus University

Program Description

MSc in Anthropology

Aarhus University


Whether they are studying a religious cult in Brazil or human evolutionary fossils in the United Arab Emirates, anthropologists are concerned with the various different aspects that explain the cultural and ethnic differences between people’s perspectives and beliefs. The MSc in apractices as well as the accompanying rituals, ceremonies and processes that define us as human beings.

The programme provides you with a thorough foundation in anthropological theory and analysis, an understanding of ethnographic approaches to the study of cultures and societies around the world, and a strong grounding in research methods and their interface with contemporary practices. With a focus on today’s quickly modernising world, this Master’s programme challenges the classic understanding of basic human conditions and the way they change by working with a comparative perspective and studying social and cultural conditions.

There are three tracks in the MSc programme in anthropology. All of them are taught in English:

  • General Anthropology (both a Danish and English track)
  • Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography
  • Visual Anthropology

In the first and second semester, you will take both theoretical and methodological courses in addition to elective subjects. In your third semester you will have the possibility to gain practical experience by doing anthropological fieldwork or by doing an internship at a Danish or international company or organisation. Many students draw on material and data from their fieldwork or practical training when they choose their supplementary subjects and thesis topic.


This track builds on a classical anthropological approach, studying man as a social and cultural being as well as the way people interact with one another. Its structure allows you to specialise in the topics that interest you. This could be a specific topic, for example integration, visual culture, religion and politics, or change processes, or you can specialise in the cultural issues relating to a specific area such as East Africa, North America, or South-East Asia.


This track, grounded in anthropological theory, introduces you to today’s global medical issues. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global. In using the concept ‘glocal,’ we direct attention towards the unfolding of biomedicine (including biotech sciences) in dynamic global–local interlinkages.


This track provides training in the practical and theoretical skills you will need to take part in visual anthropological debates about the workings of human imagination and perception in diverse cultural settings.

“The independence we had to write a personally selected exam topic was wonderful. It gave me time to think, and think better, so as to write a good research paper. The content and approach in the qualitative research methodology were great, useful both in and outside academia. Thematically, I have gained so much international exposure from the Global Studies and Development specialisation. As I work now, developing my own human capital development NGO, these experiences are still very, very useful.”


MA in Anthropology, from Ghana

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This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 4, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
8,000 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Aarhus
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 8,000 EUR
Tuition fee per year; EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE