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n cultural anthropology we try to gain a better understanding of people – why they are who they are and do what they do; how they think, talk, eat, fight, love; and how they organise themselves socially, politically, and in relation to things like gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and inequality. The Master’s Programme in Cultural Anthropology provides you with professional and analytical capacities that are valuable in areas such as international development, migration, business development, the civil service, museums and tourism.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME?

The specialisation in Cultural Anthropology within the Masters Programme in the Humanities, offers you an opportunity to study cultural and social anthropology in an international learning environment where approximately one half of the students are from outside of Sweden. The diversity of student backgrounds contributes to a rich educational experience and gives you a global professional network that will be very useful in your future career. Our teaching is grounded in ethnographic research and inspired by the teachers’ own field research experiences and insights.

In addition to enrolling in courses in anthropology at the department, you have additional opportunities to select courses at other departments within the university, to enroll for a semester at another university in Europe or further abroad, and to carry out an internship. While most students choose to complete a two year degree, it is also possible to follow a one-year course of study.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • study cultural and social anthropology in an international context
  • study courses grounded in ethnographic research
  • carry out your own qualitative fieldwork
  • do an internship in an organisation that fits your special interests

The one-year programme provides in-depth knowledge of theory and method in anthropology and includes the opportunity to complete a minor anthropological fieldwork. If you previously completed the one-year Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology you may be admitted to the second year and will then write a 15 credit essay during the second year.

The two-year programme broadens and further deepens your anthropological competence by giving you the opportunity to take additional courses in other relevant disciplines and to take applied anthropology courses. You can also do an internship or study one semester abroad.

Student profile
You have studied cultural or social anthropology for at least a year. You may have a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural or Social Anthropology itself, but you may also have studied enough anthropological subjects in other programmes such as Development Studies, Political Science, Sociology or Archaeology.

You probably won’t come directly from your Bachelor’s studies to Uppsala University but have spent some time working or traveling to experience the world. This has raised your interest in understanding the world from a social and cultural perspective. You have probably started to understand and appreciate that not everyone holds the same values as you do. If you also have experience working in the fields of Humanitarian Aid, Development work or Diplomacy, you are very likely to be the kind of person we are looking for.

You are naturally curious about people, society and cultures and a future PhD education might be a possibility. Therefore, you would enjoy coming in close contact with current research even if it means extra work outside your Master’s studies.

DEGREE

The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Cultural Anthropology as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).

 

Requirements:

Academic requirements
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
Also required is 60 credits in anthropology.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE

More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
  • the quality of the Bachelor’s thesis/degree project; and
  • a statement of purpose outlining their anthropological proficiency (1-2 pages).

Special emphasis is placed on the quality of the degree project in social or cultural anthropology or equivalent subject.

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

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