Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural StudiesAnthropology – Master

The degree programme in Anthropology centres around the comparative study of societies and cultures. The aim of the programme is to understand and be able to describe commonalities and differences in the ways in which humans live and think. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionEnglish
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

The Master’s degree programme in Anthropology provides students with a theoretically- and empirically-based education in anthropology, a subject that, in our globalised world, plays a special role as a comparative study of human cultures that differ in both their manner of living and of thinking. The objective of the Master’s degree programme is the advanced study of cultural processes and dynamics in a globally-connected world. The programme enables students to recognise and evaluate local, national, and transnational cultural processes and their interconnections with forms of social, political, and economic inequality, as well as disruptions and conflicts occurring within various regional contexts. The programme focusses on the regions of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, but includes other regions and western societies as well. The Master's degree programme provides students with the opportunity to obtain more in-depth theoretical, methodological, and regional knowledge. The degree programme provides students with the skills needed to independently conduct scientific research, carry out academic work, and solve problems, as well as to perform sound analysis of political, economic, cultural, and general societal issues. Graduates will be equipped to seek jobs in careers that require the ability to work extremely independently or to pursue a doctoral degree.

Course Structure

The degree programme is divided into the following sections:  

  • a specialisation in basic cultural and social-anthropological theory (Module 1). An analysis of anthropology classics will be performed to view the relationship of these to current anthropological debates, theories, and methods. 
  • a specialisation in one or more theoretical foci or in a particular region (Modules 2 – 3). 
  • support for both independent and guided research projects, including fundamental training in methodology. 
  • excellent opportunities for acquiring language skills outside of – but also within – the traditional European languages (Module 5). 
  • support in the development of interdisciplinary skills, based, in part, upon the close relationships with the Karl Jaspers Center for Advanced Transcultural Studies and the South Asia Institute, along with intensive networking with numerous related disciplines (Module 5).