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11 Master of Science Degrees in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans, their development, and their cultures. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge in this field, you may benefit by pursuing a Master of Science (MSc) in Anthropology.

One of the first questions you may have when you learn more about this degree is, what is an MSc in Anthropology? This degree gives students the ability to study anthropological theory and analysis as well as different approaches to studying contemporary society. Students may spend time participating in classwork, but a large majority of their time will likely be spent performing fieldwork.

One of the main benefits of pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology is that it will help graduates develop a strong foundation in anthropological research methods. Not only will students be able to refine their research skills, but they may also be able to work with those in this field that have pioneered new research methods and studied many different cultures throughout the world.

How much it costs to obtain an MSc in Anthropology depends on a variety of different factors. These factors may include the length of the program, the institution attended, and the cost of tuition at that particular school. Carefully research the costs of each program before applying.

With a master’s degree in anthropology, graduates can work in an educational setting helping others understand various cultures throughout the world. However, for those who would prefer not to teach, careers are possible as researchers, human resources officers, community development workers, local government officers, or in any other position that requires advanced knowledge of cultural systems.

Students interested in obtaining a master’s degree in anthropology should start taking some necessary steps to prepare. Often, online classes are available for students living in remote areas or who need to juggle the demands of both school and work. To find out more about available programs, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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11 Results in Anthropology

Catholic University Of Cameroon

The world has undergone profound social, economic and cultural changes in the last two decades beginning with the collapse of the global bipolar divide of the post- World ... [+]

Mission Statement

The world has undergone profound social, economic and cultural changes in the last two decades beginning with the collapse of the global bipolar divide of the post- World War II era. These changes are taking place at all levels whether these be at local, national or transnational. The Master of Science in Anthropology will aim at training students to study and interpret these phenomena from a scientific perspective by being methodical, critical and comparative.

Objectives

The Masters level takes candidates to more advanced studies in the specific various area. This will facilitate the production of conceptual works of theory and research which tie advanced theories with practice in the various domains of professional specialization. This means that the Master's degree is a combined academic and professional degree of specialization which combines academic theory and research with professional hands-on experiential training and learning.... [-]

Cameroon Bamenda
February 2020
2 years
Campus
Leiden University

The Master's program in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to sit ... [+]

The Master's program in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to situate them within the complex global challenges of diversity, sustainability, and digitalization.

Are you interested in how people create the world around them? Do you want to conduct three-month ethnographic research on a socially relevant topic of your own choice anywhere in the world?

Study global problems on small scale

Do you feel engaged with a particular group of people or society or do you have a socially relevant question in mind which you want to explore? This master's programme enables you to develop a research on a topic of personal preference. Possible topics vary from the fate of LGBT refugees to initiatives of global sustainable tourism, from water management in African gold mines to digitalisation of heritage in Holland, from kickboxing Muslimas to storytelling in the Caribbean.... [-]

Netherlands Leiden The Hague
February 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Groningen

The MSc in Ecology and Evolution is a combination of in-depth training and the opportunity for designing a tailor-made program in ecology and evolution. In our program, s ... [+]

Which organisms are able to adapt to global change? How do birds decide when and where to migrate? When and why do individual differences in physiology or behavior evolve?

This Master's degree program has a selection procedure.

During the two-year Master's program Ecology and Evolution, you will gain insight into the living organism in relation to its environment. Ecology and evolution are strongly interdependent: without ecology, we cannot really understand natural selection; and without evolution, we cannot really understand the properties of organisms and their interaction with the environment. Ecology and evolution are relevant to all domains of the life sciences.

Ecology and evolutionary biology play a crucial role in facing the grand challenges of our time. This includes the development of realistic plans for coping with the implications of global change, for stopping the alarming biodiversity loss, for designing evolutionarily stable strategies to set-up a sustainable society, and for developing an evolution-informed medical treatment. The research fields of ecology and evolution are highly dynamic. Powerful new techniques (e.g. GPS-tracking of migrating birds over the whole planet; remote sensing; tracking of individual cells in a culture of micro-organisms; genome-wide sequencing; individual-based simulations; new methods to analyze ‘big data’) allow us to resolve long-standing puzzles.... [-]

Netherlands Groningen
September 2020
Full-time
24 months
Campus
Lund University

The MSc in Social Anthropology applies deep and broad perspectives to an understanding of social communities and culture. The programme provides specialisation in the sch ... [+]

The MSc in Social Anthropology applies deep and broad perspectives to an understanding of social communities and culture. 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. Programme overview

The Master of Science 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.... [-]

Sweden Lund
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Full-time
2 years
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Utrecht University

This Master’s degree program will train you to work as an academic professional. Along with classic methods and skills, the program allows you to acquire applied and prac ... [+]

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Sustainability is one of the key concepts of our times, although a contested one. As the product of concerns about environmental degradation, climate alteration, rising socioeconomic inequalities, increasing mobility, and accelerated change, the term has many different meanings and imperatives: our lifeworlds must be environment-friendly, but also economically viable and socially equitable.

This Master’s program in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship, therefore, departs from an integrated understanding. It focuses on the triangle of People, Planet, and Profit, pointing out that sustainability has not only an environmental meaning, yet also an economic and sociocultural one. As such, the program seeks to understand how citizens worldwide are negotiating and restructuring their living environment to be safe and sustainable at the same time. It incorporates both local and global understandings of the concept of sustainability and, in doing so, scrutinizes various expressions of active citizenship in building sustainability around the world.... [-]

Netherlands Utrecht Middelburg
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Full-time
1 year
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Utrecht University

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 ... [+]

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Despite strong forces of globalization, sociocultural sameness does not increase. Power tensions and violent conflicts continue to persist and even erupt. Why? To answer this question, we need an anthropological analysis of the relation between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. The Master's program Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation (CASTOR) 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, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad.... [-]

Netherlands Utrecht Middelburg
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Full-time
2 years
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University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation

This programme places a strong emphasis on critical thinking and understanding of both the broad field of Biological Anthropology and the specialisms within. Core to the ... [+]

Overview

The MSc in Biological Anthropology is a perfect foundation for PhD research: it provides the theoretical background, discipline-specific knowledge and advanced, quantitative research methods.

Taught by one of the UK’s largest group of biological anthropologists with a demonstrated record of world-class research in human and primate behaviour, human evolution and skeletal biology this innovative one-year MSc allows you to focus your studies through one of two routes:

The Human and Primate Behaviour route combines principles of evolutionary anthropology and the behaviour of human and non-human primates, with aspects of evolutionary social, cognitive, and forensic psychology (formerly MSc in Evolution and Human Behaviour).... [-]

United Kingdom Canterbury
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Part-time
1 - 2 years
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University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation

Ethnobotany is quintessentially interdisciplinary, involving knowledge and use of plants and their ecology in the context of their cultural, social and economic significa ... [+]

Ethnobotany is quintessentially interdisciplinary, involving knowledge and use of plants and their ecology in the context of their cultural, social and economic significance.

Overview

Ethnobotany is the study of the interrelationship between people and plants, historically and cross-culturally, particularly the role of plants in human culture and practices, how humans have used and modified plants, and how they represent them in their systems of knowledge.

This programme combines anthropological studies of human-environment interaction and sociocultural knowledge of plants in different parts of the world with ecology, conservation science, biodiversity management, and climate change science. It also covers medicinal plant use and ethnopharmacology, plant conservation and sustainable management practices, taxonomy, and economic botany. Students will receive practical training in mixed methods and learn to conduct interdisciplinary research in Ethnobotany, in preparation for doctoral research or a career in related fields.... [-]

United Kingdom Canterbury
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1 - 2 years
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Radboud University

This unique Master's programme, which is at the cutting edge of social and cultural anthropology as well as development studies, also includes knowledge derived from soci ... [+]

Open Day

Do you want to learn more about this programme, visit our campus and meet current students and staff? Join us for the Master's Open Day on 16 November 2019!

Programme Overview This programme is designed for students with a background in Anthroplogy, Development Studies, Non-Western Sociology or related disciplines Gain skills to design and present your own research and findings in dialogue with NGOs, stake holders, or government actors Learn about the scientific debates surrounding your chosen domain, and apply this knowledge to analysis of local issues- especially in terms of social exclusion and inequality Prepare for a career in fields such as policy making, NGO or aid work, consulting, and civil society Why study Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University? ... [-]
Netherlands Nijmegen
September 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Edinburgh - School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

The Evolution of Language and Cognition programme is a unique and fascinating interdisciplinary programme which focuses on the treatment of language as a dynamic evolving ... [+]

Programme overview

You will be taught by academics currently carrying out highly regarded research in this field

What is it that makes us human? How did our brains evolve? What are the origins of human language? Why do we think the way we do? What are the mechanisms of biological, cultural and linguistic evolution?

These questions, which are at the heart of the recent renaissance in the scientific study of the origins and evolution of human language, will be tackled on this interdisciplinary postgraduate programme.

The Evolution of Language and Cognition programme is a unique and fascinating interdisciplinary programme which focuses on the treatment of language as a dynamic evolving system, bringing together origins, acquisition and change.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
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Part-time
1 - 2 years
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The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) is a research center at the George Washington University. CASHP’s Mission is to undertake research that ad ... [+]

Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits

36 credits, including:

HOMP 6202 Lab Techniques: Paleoanthro ANTH 6413 Analytical Methods in Human Evolutionary Studies

Three of the following:

HOMP 6201 Hominid Paleobiology ANTH 3411 Primatology ANTH 6491 Topics in Biological Anthropology ANTH 6801 Paleolithic Archaeology

6 credits of thesis:

HOMP 6998 Thesis Research HOMP 6999 Thesis Research

Two additional laboratory or field research courses in different disciplines

Electives selected in consultation with the faculty from a list of relevant courses in Anatomy, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Geography, Geological Sciences, Human Paleobiology, Psychology, and Speech and Hearing Science, or relevant courses from the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2020
Full-time
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