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Medical Anthropology and Sociology

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The Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology focuses on health and healthcare in a political, economic and cultural context. In the programme you will use social science theory and methods to critically analyse health issues in a globalising world.

UvA online Open House

This year, you won’t be able to attend any busy on-campus events with lots of people. But our online Open House is the perfect way to get to know UvA study programmes and university life from the comfort of your own home.

Every study programme has an Open House page with videos, FAQs and live events. On the main Open House website you can discover all our programmes,explore the city and campus, and get inspired during our theme weeks.

Study programme

Our intensive, one-year programme combines coursework and a thesis project based on your own individual fieldwork. You can choose to do research in the Netherlands or anywhere else in Europe; go to Asia, Africa or the Americas. You will design and organise your own research project, on a medical anthropological or sociological theme of your interest, with the guidance of our international academic staff.

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Medical Anthropology and Sociology programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence. The programme director is dr. Danny de Vries.


Medical Anthropology and Sociology is a dynamic field and one of the fastest growing specialisations in social science. There is an increasing demand for professionals who are able to work in multidisciplinary, problem-driven research and health interventions.

Is Medical Anthropology and Sociology for you?

Are you self-motivated and have a keen interest in conducting research? Then Medical Anthropology and Sociology is for you. You are encouraged to read texts critically and reflect upon the information learned. You are asked to compare theoretical approaches and to apply these to current issues and relevant empirical data. During the period of research for your thesis, you are deemed able to perform these skills independently and to act autonomously.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Medical Anthropology and Sociology
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60198