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16 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… Read more

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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KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Anthropology studies the socializing, meaning-making and world-building practices of humans in different places, networks, and settings, all around the world. Social and cultu ... +

Anthropology studies the socializing, meaning-making and world-building practices of humans in different places, networks, and settings, all around the world. Social and cultural anthropologists study social processes from the perspectives of the actors involved. Combining an insider's and an outsider's point of view, anthropologists actively engage and theorize the differences and similarities between people across the globe. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The Master in Advanced Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims to provide reflection tools to analyze sociocultural reality in a complex way, emphasizing cultural div ... +

The Master in Advanced Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims to provide reflection tools to analyze sociocultural reality in a complex way, emphasizing cultural diversity in the framework of multiple specific social relationships (intercultural, transnational, local, political, economic, gender, etc.). -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
University of Latvia
Riga, Latvia

The programme offers an outstanding opportunity to acquire analytical tools with which to approach contemporary global and local social processes and trends.

The programme offers an outstanding opportunity to acquire analytical tools with which to approach contemporary global and local social processes and trends. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MRes in Pacific Studies examines the history, languages, cultures and varieties of the social organisation of the Pacific (Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia). The progr ... +

The MRes in Pacific Studies examines the history, languages, cultures and varieties of the social organisation of the Pacific (Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia). The programme is designed for students who have a special interest in conducting their fieldwork for an anthropology PhD in the region or because they wish to work there in some other capacity. -
Master
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus
Vytautas Magnus University
Kaunas, Lithuania

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 med ... +

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. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
21 Aug 2020
Campus
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

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

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. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MRes Social Anthropology programme focuses largely on the study of the developing world, from remote communities to more recent urban development. We are curious about the ... +

Our MRes Social Anthropology programme focuses largely on the study of the developing world, from remote communities to more recent urban development. We are curious about the world and innovative in our approach to finding new solutions to recurring problems. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation
Canterbury, United Kingdom

This programme is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a deg ... +

This programme is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a degree course at undergraduate level. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The Master's Degree in Applied Sociology: Social Problems is oriented towards the training of professionals specialized in the study of, and intervention in, the fundamental s ... +

The Master's Degree in Applied Sociology: Social Problems is oriented towards the training of professionals specialized in the study of, and intervention in, the fundamental social problems of contemporary society (inequalities, marginalization, exclusion, social risks, etc.) that affect to its different institutions (family, work, city, education, State, etc.) and living conditions (health, personal autonomy, resources, etc.). -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
3 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MRes in Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies is geared towards students seeking ethnographic and historical specialisation in the Americas. The programme aims to giv ... +

The MRes in Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies is geared towards students seeking ethnographic and historical specialisation in the Americas. The programme aims to give students an awareness of research topics and trends in Amerindian Studies and to prepare them for anthropological fieldwork. -
Master
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MRes in Social Anthropology provides a firm foundation in the methods and methodologies of social anthropology and the human sciences, to serve as a basis for knowledgeabl ... +

The MRes in Social Anthropology provides a firm foundation in the methods and methodologies of social anthropology and the human sciences, to serve as a basis for knowledgeable and skilled research in Social Anthropology. -
Master
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MRes Social Anthropology programme focuses largely on the study of the developing world, from remote communities to more recent urban development. We are curious about the ... +

Our MRes Social Anthropology programme focuses largely on the study of the developing world, from remote communities to more recent urban development. We are curious about the world and innovative in our approach to finding new solutions to recurring problems. This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with a country in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language courses will enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more sp ... +

Our MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics and/or more regional and language-based study; students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline; and students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree in anthropology. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA Social Anthropology of Development programme will provide you with an understanding in the ways which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meaning ... +

Our MA Social Anthropology of Development programme will provide you with an understanding in the ways which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meanings and concepts in development, its priorities, policies and practice. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of the anthropology of development, with expertise in a regional language. It pr ... +

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of the anthropology of development, with expertise in a regional language. It prepares students to apply their anthropological knowledge in a developing country context by achieving proficiency in a language. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus

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