Masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology
This challenging, and tightly organized Master’s program explores the multiple dimensions of mobility, diversity and development and how these are related to global and local inequalities. You will learn to practice applied anthropology, a way of doing engaged research which intends to make a difference to people’s lifeworlds. In the National Student Survey 2015, this program was judged to be the second best anthropology Master’s in the Netherlands.
Cultural Anthropology Curriculum
The program offers you a fascinating combination of intensive courses on mobility, development and diversity, with time for individual research in the field of your choice. You will deal with various aspects and manifestations of our research angles, such as livelihood, sustainable development, migration and belonging, identity formation, and religion.
The program begins with a comprehensive theoretical orientation on mobility, diversity and development. After two months you will choose one of the three profiles:
- Mobility and Diversity
- Development and Sustainability
- City, Space and Politics
In the second semester you will spend three months conducting fieldwork research for your Master’s thesis in a country of your choice. You will be closely involved in your fellow students’ projects through joint activities such as Master’s conferences, the reunion day after fieldwork and the weekly graduate seminar that supports you when writing your thesis.
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- A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or relevant field from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
- Motivation, background and personality (motivation letter, CV and personal reference).
- Proof of sufficient proficiency in English.
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Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information
- Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
- Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,546
MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology
About this institute
Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...
Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.
They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:
- Human Health and Life Sciences
- Science for Sustainability
- Connected World
- Governance for Society
As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.
In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.
The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.
At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.
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