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Master's in Cultural Anthropology
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Master's programme
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Are you interested in the anthropological study of cultural diversity, power relations and social change in this age of globalisation? In particular, are you keen to learn more about issues of ethnicity and religion in a globalised context, about political conflict and social suffering, social justice and reconstruction, food and the senses? The Master’s programme Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation will provide you with the knowledge and skills to address these issues through high-calibre research.

Study Programme

This Master's introduces you to the analysis of the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power throughout the world with a particular emphasis on multi-level analyses ranging from interpersonal relations and local communities to regional, national and global socio-cultural configurations.

The first year consists of a thorough overview of anthropological theories, issues and debates in conjunction with state-of-the-art training in anthropological research methods. You will learn how to integrate theories and methods, which will result in a finished research design by the end of the year. After completing an intensive training in interview techniques, in the second year you will go on to conduct your empirical research abroad.

For the complete overview check our study programme.

Programme objective

The Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for a research career, in academia (including further PhD training), in other research institutes or in private companies. On the foundation of your Bachelor’s degree, this Master’s programme trains you to operate as a qualified cultural anthropologist. As a science practitioner you'll develop the academic skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and develop groundbreaking research on the relationship between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. Being educated at Utrecht University guarantees that you are equipped with a strong methodological basis.

If you wish to have a career that is less focused on research, then the Master's programme Cultural Anthropoloy: Sustainable Citizenship might interest you. The substantive focus of this programme is on citizenship in relation to a sustainable environment, while the Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation focuses on issues of power, (violent) conflict and the state.

  • Janita Visser
    "This programme has been a great asset for me because it increased my interest to work towards a more just world, and it gave me the skills to do so."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation (research)
  • Programme: Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation
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2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Social and Behavioural Sciences