Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Are you interested in Anthropology and topics like development aid, culture, identity, religion and sustainable development? Do you aim to graduate with a university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ program Social and Cultural Anthropology could be just what you are looking for. Millions of people worldwide live in poverty and war. How do they give meaning to their existence and what strategies do they use to reach a better standard of living and a sense of freedom? Migration seems to be the last resort for desperate people. What do refugees and persons seeking asylum find in their new home country and in what way are they welcomed by the local peoples?
The Master SCA enables students to develop and strengthen their research capabilities while anchoring in the theoretical paradigm of human security. The program explores issues such as poverty and migration, sustainable development, religion, and identity.
The program begins with a comprehensive theoretical orientation on human security. Halfway through this orientation, you will specialize in one of two profiles: Constructing Identities and Notions of Belonging or Development and Social Transformations. The former leans towards cultural anthropology, the latter towards sociology of development.
In the second semester, students conduct fieldwork research for their master thesis a country of their choice for approximately 3 months. Watch the movies made by students during their fieldwork.
Our program is designed to help you meet the demands of a world in which job descriptions are undergoing rapid change. Anthropologists play an important role in many fields relating to development, governance, social work, culture and education that rely on analysts and researchers who have a deep and nuanced understanding of intercultural sensitivities and cultural identity formation.
The extent of occupational flexibility encouraged by this program reflects the emphasis on diversity, independent thinking and global, a holistic knowledge that characterizes the study of anthropology. As an anthropologist, your research and analytical skills together with cultural understanding qualify you for a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from research in academic or non-academic institutes, to NGO or government agency work in development, aid, governance, consulting for private enterprises, and journalism.
The intensive training and hands-on in-the-field research experience you will gain from this program will stand you in good stead to compete with other trained social scientists. Prospective employers include UNESCO, War Child, UNICEF, local and national government institutions, local and national newspapers, national and international companies, and non-governmental organizations. Other areas in which you will be able to find employment are human resources, intercultural communication, tourism and the museum sector.
Applicants with an international Bachelor’s degree
The Master’s degree program in Social & Cultural Anthropology is an international program. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Anthropology or a related discipline. You must have had qualitative social sciences research methodology and good grades. You also need an excellent working command of English, and prove it with either the IELTS test (given by the British International English Language Testing Service; minimum score 6.5), or the TOEFL (the American Test of English as a Foreign Language; minimum score 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based, or 92 Internet-based). Exemptions from the language test requirement are only made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
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Last updated October 26, 2018