Masters Programs in Social Anthropology

Compare 3 Masters Programs in Social Anthropology

Master’s degree programs exist to allow students who have already attained a level of professional expertise in a field to develop that expertise further. The programs reinforce and teach core competencies that define the leadership and decision-making experience necessary for advancement in the field.

What is a Master in Social Anthropology? It’s an advanced degree that builds on the core knowledge of anthropology gained in an undergraduate program with specific coursework in modern societies and social approaches to understanding human nature. Its focus is usually strongly built around understanding social scientific methods rather than anatomy or archaeology, and its methods are more often applied to contemporary societies, rather than isolated populations and historic social situations.

Students in these degree programs may learn to understand human interaction better, to identify the forces that influence it, and to clearly communicate their thoughts to others. These skills enrich life and career experiences directly by providing a toolbox for expressing the connections between social forces and human behavior.

There’s no one cost for degree programs in social anthropology. That’s because tuition rates tend to vary from location to location. In general, a master’s program may take two to three years of full-time study to complete, which makes it easy to predict tuition costs after looking into schools.

Social anthropology graduates are in demand for positions as local government officers in many countries. They are also quite often pursued by charities for positions as officers in nonprofit companies. International organizations also hire social anthropology graduates for international aid worker positions. It is not unusual for workers in these fields to gain experience as aid workers before rising to officer positions, either.

Finding a program that fits each student’s needs begins with a search that keeps options open. Look at online and brick-and-mortar schools, and investigate your international options. 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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Master's in Cultural and Social Anthropology

University of Latvia
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Latvia Riga

The program offers an outstanding opportunity to acquire analytical tools with which to approach contemporary global and local social processes and trends. These include issues such as migration with its corollaries of increasing cross-cultural contact and new diaspora politics, financial crises and advancement of neo-liberal (and other) policies, both internationally and locally, the transformation of political subjectivities in the context of shifting ideas about development, state-building, and nation. [+]

Masters in Social Anthropology.

The program offers an outstanding opportunity to acquire analytical tools with which to approach contemporary global and local social processes and trends. These include issues such as migration with its corollaries of increasing cross-cultural contact and new diaspora politics, financial crises and advancement of neo-liberal (and other) policies, both internationally and locally, the transformation of political subjectivities in the context of shifting ideas about development, state-building, and nation.

The program provides students with a solid theoretical and methodological basis with which to critically explore a variety of pressing issues in (post)modern society. Through lectures, seminars, and independent reading, students gain knowledge in social, and specifically anthropological, theory. A variety of compulsory and optional courses help students to develop a thoroughly anthropological approach to the themes of self and agency, gender, state and power, borders/migration, consumerism, art/performance. Working with texts is accompanied by ethnographic fieldwork whereby students not only advance their skills of data gathering but also learn to test and creatively develop their theoretical frameworks.... [-]


MSc in Social Anthropology

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Lund

The Master's programme in Social Anthropology provides students with a strongly research-based Master’s degree. It applies deep and broad perspectives to an understanding of social communities and culture as a coherent whole. [+]

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.... [-]


Master in Social Anthropology

Vytautas Magnus University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Lithuania Kaunas

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. [+]

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.... [-]