Msc in Anthropology – Visual Anthropology
Social and Cultural Diversity in an Interconnected World
Whether they study the traditions of an indigenous group in Brazil or the social organisation of an international fashion company, anthropologists are concerned with identifying the cultural norms, beliefs and power structures that make up particular communities. The MSc in Anthropology at Aarhus University equips students to delve into and analyse the everyday life of human societies whether across the globe or just around the corner and the routines, rhythms and rituals that keep them going.
The programme offers front-rank training in theory, data collection, and analysis, combined with a strong emphasis on learning through fieldwork practice and other engagements with the outside world. It provides students with a thorough foundation in anthropological theory and social analysis as well as a strong focus on qualitative research methods and robust project design. Designed to allow students to approach any social context in a world of constant change, the programme revolves around the students’ own ideas and projects, developed in a continuous dialogue with senior researchers and supervisors.
In general, admission to a Master's degree programme at Aarhus University requires a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor's degree in level and length (180 ECTS).
You must also meet any specific requirements for the programme you are applying for.
Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants must provide evidence of their English language proficiency.
You apply for a study programme at Aarhus University through our online portal.
Learn more about the general and more specific admission requirements at Aarhus University and find information on how to apply for a Master's Degree on our website.
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We offer a specialised English-language track in Visual Anthropology as part of the larger MSc programme in Anthropology. The track builds on a classical anthropological approach, studying human life in all its social and cultural forms, while also teaching students to work anthropologically with audiovisual media and methods in a world mediated increasingly through sound, pictures, and digital media
Students do practical and theoretical work with experimental fieldwork methods using a camera. Hands-on workshops involve working with (for instance) the production of ethnographic films, the design of audiovisual projects and exhibitions, and exploring the use of the camera as an analytical tool.
In the first and second semester, you will take theoretical, thematic, and methodological courses, some of which will be shared with students on our general Anthropology track (these shared courses are taught in English). During your second and third semester, you gain practical experience by first preparing, then conducting an extended anthropological fieldwork, or alternatively by completing an internship at a Danish or international company or organisation.
When it comes to choosing the topic for their final thesis, most students draw on material they have collected during their fieldwork semesters. In the third semester, you will begin to analyse your field data and also focus on future employment possibilities. In the fourth semester you will prepare your Master’s thesis, with the possibility of creating an audiovisual product – such as a film or an exhibition element – as part of your thesis.
Scholarships & funding
Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.
The scholarship is usually a full or a partial tuition fee waiver, and in some cases, it also includes a monthly grant towards living expenses. Typically the scholarship is for the whole duration of your Master’s degree program.
You can find more information about Danish State Scholarships on the Aarhus University website.
- EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: € 4,500
- Others: €9,000
About this institute
Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!
Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...
Why study at Aarhus University
An international and diverse university
Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.
Informal environment with focus on critical thinking
Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.
A comprehensive university
Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.
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