Master in Social Anthropology/Sozialanthropologie

Start: Winter Semester (October)

Application deadline:

For German and EU-citizens: 15th of September
NON-EU citizens: 1st week of May to 31st May

Application portal: Move-In-Uni-Muenster

The languages of instruction are German and English.


Social Anthropology is the science of cultural identities and differences at local and global levels. We aim to observe, understand and analyse diverse domains of social action, reflecting cultural characteristics, in a theoretically grounded and methodically consistent manner. In particular, this includes the capacity to critically question apparently universal models of thought, value orientations, and practices. The comparison of societies therefore provides the basic theoretical perspective and informs the analytical and methodological approaches. Social anthropological knowledge and competence enable us to interact in these domains of action in a scientifically valid, socially relevant and ethically responsible manner.
Our consecutive Master Programme deepens regional, theoretical and methodological knowledge of the subject, to be applied and further developed in the course of either an empirical or a literature/archive based project with an ethnographic background. 

Acquired Competence

  • methodological skills in designing and implementing empirical research projects;
  • ability to contribute to innovative developments in social anthropological theory and knowledge;
  • competence to transfer social anthropological knowledge in a socially relevant and ethically responsible manner to both scholarly audiences and the general public;
  • intercultural communicative competence based on a perceptive awareness of cultural identities and differences;
  • skills in orientation, decision-making and informed action in culturally unfamiliar social situations.

Chances and perspectives

The M.A. Programme in Social Anthropology is a prerequisite for the PhD, and also prepares for a number of professional areas of work such as:

  • research and teaching at universities and other institutions of higher education
  • international development and peace and conflict research
  • museums and exhibition activities
  • media and publishing
  • youth and adult education; inter-cultural education
  • culture management and cultural mediation
  • public relations, advertising, tourism
  • organisation and market research

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