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Social and Cultural Anthropology (M.A.)


The Master's programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology imparts the necessary specialist knowledge and methodological know-how to adequately grasp and analyse the multi-layered processes of social and cultural change in the current, globally networked world. The focus is on the major regions of Asia-Pacific (especially Southeast Asia and Oceania) and Africa with their respective specific problems and challenges. A profiling area allows students to choose from three subject areas and thus set their own content-related focal points.

Social and Cultural Anthropology
Master of Arts
Full-time studies or Part-time studies
Standard period of study:
4 Semesters, up to 7 semester in part-time studies
Start of studies:
winter and summer semester
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The aim of the Master's programme is to acquire in-depth scientific knowledge and the ability to independently apply social and cultural anthropological theories and methods to specific social problems, especially in the Institute's priority regions. In addition to a compulsory core study area, a profiling area offers the possibility to choose from 3 subject areas and thus give the degree programme its own profile:

  • Subject area I: Materiality and Environment
  • Subject area II: Mobility and Identity
  • Subject area III: Knowledge and Religion

The central element of the programme is the intensively supervised planning, preparation and implementation of an ethnological research or internship project in one of the three profile-forming subject areas. It is recommended that the project be located in a priority region of the institute (Asia-Pacific or Africa) and thus experience research work across linguistic and cultural borders. Integration into existing research structures of the Institute of Ethnology or the Ethnological Collection is possible; the Institute's many collaborations with universities and research institutions in the priority countries can also be used here.

The degree programme qualifies students by imparting subject-specific knowledge and methodological-analytical skills relevant to the professional field, especially in questions of cultural contact and cultural transfer, cultural exchange and development cooperation, and creates the academic basis for further studies in a doctoral programme. Possible fields of activity in public and private institutions are:

  • Science and (international) science management
  • Museum and exhibition management
  • Cultural exchange and international cultural promotion
  • Counselling and mediation (e.g. migration and refugee work, development cooperation, humanitarian aid, health care, tourism, international business)
  • Media, public relations, adult education (especially for cultural and global contexts)

Consecutive programmes

Consecutive programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 2 different profiles.

  • Singe Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits

You apply for one study profile.

To obtain a master’s degree, students must complete 120 credits which, depending on the chosen profile, are distributed as follows:

Single Honours MA (mono-master):

  • Mayor studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology: 78 C
  • Key competencies: 12 C
  • Master’s thesis: 30 C

Joint Honours MA (combined master):

  • Mayor studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology: 42 C
  • External module package: 36 C
  • Key competencies: 12 C
  • Master’s thesis: 30 C

The combined master can only be studied part-time, if the module package(s) is also suitable for part-time studies.

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Application deadlines:

  • Until May 15th for the winter semester
  • Until November 15th for the summer semester

Lottery procedure:

  • From October 1st – 5th for the winter semester
  • From April 1st – 5th for the summer semester

Previous studies:

  • B.A.-degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology or equivalent
  • At least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • Achievements in Social and Cultural Anthropology and/or Ethnology (of which at least 6 C in qualitative research methods and 6 C in non-European regional ethnology).

Language requirements:

  • If your mother tongue is not German , you must prove sufficient knowledge of the German language at DSH-2 level .



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Tel. +49 551 39 27159
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