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Cultural and Social Anthropology

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The Master Cultural and Social Anthropology at the UvA allows students to design and conduct their own ethnographic project. Through in-depth fieldwork, students are stimulated to think critically about social and cultural phenomena and engage with current anthropological debates. The department is characterised by its broad research agenda that deals with questions surrounding migration and mobility, sexuality and gender, infrastructure and labour, environment and sustainability, globalization and identity, political activism, STS, race and care.

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Discover the other Specialisation tracks in Cultural and Social Anthropology

Study programme

The programme is designed to transform you into an active participant in the production of anthropological knowledge. It does so by letting you prepare, conduct, and report on a qualitative fieldwork in a wide range of regional, thematic, and theoretical specializations. A distinctive feature of this programme is the freedom in choosing your research topic.

Academic staff

The Programme Director of the MSc in Cultural and Social Anthropology is Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja.

Why study Cultural and Social Anthropology in Amsterdam?

The Master’s in Cultural and Social Anthropology is a broad, research-oriented programme which equips you with the necessary skills and competences for a future career in research or in the field. Furthermore, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master’s programme taught by one of the highest ranking anthropology departments in continental Europe. The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and the student population.

Focus on research

While conducting fieldwork and writing your thesis, you are supervised by a member of the academic staff  who is actively involved in anthropological research on an international scale. At UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) , research is conducted on themes that include the mobility of people, goods and ideas, and the search for identity in a modern globalised world.


In a world of increasing globalisation, the Master’s degree in Anthropology equips you with highly relevant skills, such as knowledge of qualitative research methods, including participant observation and interviewing, and the ability to:

  • independently devise, implement, evaluate and report on a large-scale project
  • develop networks
  • write well and argue cohesively
  • present your own work and ideas effectively
  • attune to the complexity and diversity of the anthropological discipline
  • understand and deal effectively with intercultural interactions and situations
  • obtain in-depth knowledge on a given topic in a short period of time. 

Ambition in research?

For students interested in pursuing a larger research project, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in the Social Sciences.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Cultural and Social Anthropology
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66614