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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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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.


An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

Is Cultural and Social Anthropology for you?

The academic standards of this Master’s programme are rigorous and you are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment, independence and resilience. You need to have a strong interest in anthropology and a desire to learn how to write thorough analytical texts. You should also be able to demonstrate an anthropological orientation and have the ability to empathise with the perspective, emotions and ideas of other people. A high level of flexibility and self-reliance is essential for the successful completion of fieldwork.

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