MSc in Social Anthropology

Lund University

Program Description

MSc in Social Anthropology

Lund University

Programme overview

The MSc in Social Anthropology provides students with a strongly research-based Master’s degree.

The programme combines deep subject knowledge with broadened perspectives and links with wider society. The MSc in Social Anthropology applies deep and broad perspectives to an understanding of social communities and culture as a coherent whole.

The programme provides specialisation in the scholarly approach that is fundamental to students aiming to pursue PhD studies but which is also of considerable value for advanced work as a policy or operational officer in organisations and activities at different levels.

Furthermore, the programme provides students with broadened theoretical perspectives, expanded knowledge of qualitative methodology, skills to adapt to a changing working life and ability to contribute to the development of society and working life.

In the programme the students will acquire:

• knowledge and understanding in social anthropology, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as specialised insight into current research and development work

• specialised knowledge of research methods in social anthropology

• the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge, and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information

• the ability to identify and formulate research questions critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work

• the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity

Programme modules/courses

Courses and numbers of credits: Social Anthropology: Theory and Method Course (15), Methods and Social Analysis or Methods for Research in the Social Sciences (15), Modern Classics (15), Ethnography in Social Science (15) or Field Work (7.5) and Evaluation Research – Theories and Methods (7.5), elective courses/study abroad/internship (30), Master’s thesis (30).

There is a possibility for students to apply for a double degree with Peking University or Fudan University.

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Career prospects

The programme provides you with both the background knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in a broad range of fields including governmental, non-governmental and the private sector.

You will be prepared for a future career as a policymaker, a leader or a practitioner working in government agencies, private companies or NGOs, or alternatively, for doctoral studies and a continued academic career.

Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Rankings 2017/2018, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund – a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated January 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 1, 2018
2 years
Full time
Sweden - Lund, Skåne County
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