Master in Social Anthropology


Program Description

Access Requirements

The prospective students are expected to hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent in the fields of Social Sciences or Humanities.

Unique Features

Master in Social Anthropology, the first anthropology program launched in the Baltic States, gives you the opportunity to become an expert in cross-cultural analysis and a mediator of socio-cultural encounters.

Certificate in Intercultural Understanding (Southern Illinois University, USA)

An international cooperation between VMU and Southern Illinois University (SIU) offers an op­portunity for MA in Social Anthropology students to attain the SIU Certificate in Intercultural Understanding. Students may complete the 24 ECTS credits of the Module of Study in Intercul­tural Understanding offered by the Department of Anthropology, SIU, by taking a total of four courses given at VMU campus as part of their degree studies. The Certificate from SIU is issued alongside their Master degree from VMU.

Competencies Acquired

The MA Degree in Social Anthropology will enable the student to:

  • carry out empirical research based on qualitative methodology, applying participant observation and other anthropological fieldwork methods;
  • design and conduct research on socio-cultural encounters between different global, transnational, national, regional and local development perspectives, majority and minority interests in conditions of social change, social mobility, and multiculturalism;
  • address, both politically and practically, problems arising from socio-cultural differences as well as monitor stigmatized and/or marginalized and other segregated groups representing the interests of these groups in intercultural mediation;
  • mediate in the fields of national and international cooperation by developing strategies and programs for the implementation of sustainable development in education, public health, culture, ethnic relations, environment and cultural heritage management.

Career Opportunities

This Program is primarily geared towards the student who plans to continue her/his graduate studies towards a Ph.D. in Anthropology or in Sociology (available at VMU at the Doctoral School in Sociology) or seeks career advancement in either private or public sectors in human resource development, international business, cultural resource management or work within various organizations as well as international, state and local governmental agencies, etc.

Career opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Project planner and manager;
  • Public policy researcher;
  • Cultural resources manager;
  • Cultural sustainability analyst;
  • Anthropological consultant to cross-cultural agencies;
  • Urban and rural development advisor;
  • Public health advisor;
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable development consultant;
  • Migration, refugee, and ethnic minority problems’ analyst;
  • International (cultural, educational, public health, defense) organizations and nongovernmental agencies consultant.
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Ranked in QS World University Rankings as a leader in the country by its internationality, VMU is the only public higher education institution in Lithuania and one of the few in the region where a wid ... Read More

Ranked in QS World University Rankings as a leader in the country by its internationality, VMU is the only public higher education institution in Lithuania and one of the few in the region where a wide liberal arts education is imparted. This means that students can change and organize their schedule freely, minor in one field and major in another, travel abroad on international exchange and get ready for those trips by taking some of the available 30 foreign language courses. As a reflection of global academic trends, more and more lectures (separate courses and even whole study programs) are taught in English, many of them by professors from abroad. VMU offers Bachelor and Master degree programs, which are entirely taught in English. Every semester university gathers the colorful international community, which unites representatives from nearly 60 countries around the world. Read less