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    Coming up in Anthropology Cine Scene Club, Thursday 25th November, 6 p.m.

    This week’s cinema club is about ethnographic short films from students of Münster.

    • Fyal – Two Anthropologists in search of a tribe.
      2021. Dir. Ghassan Saleh & Joseph Puglisi, with Ole Oelkers, 15 min, English with English subtitles
    • Handpoke
      dir. Neele Müller.
    • Liminality
      dir. Arjunraj Natarajan, with Felix

    Film screening & discussion.
    Introduction & Moderation: Thomas John

    Hybrid Event:
    Domplatz 23, Room 23.205 Münster
    3G regulations and medical masks apply!
    More information can be found  here.

    zoom id: 988 9834 9980 - For the password, please send and E-Mail to schleiter@uni-muenster.de

    Everybody is welcome!

    QISPOS-Registration for the Winter Semester 2021/22

    The registration period for examinations is open from 18th of October  to 14th of December 2021. Information for every Module can be found here.

    For some students with impairments, the attendance mode of the courses proves to be a particular challenge, as they are not allowed to be vaccinated for health reasons, for example, or belong to Corona risk groups. If you are currently facing such challenges yourself, we will endeavour to develop individual solutions together with you. In this case, please contact Annika Strauss for a consultation.

    Master in Social Anthropology: FAQ and Learnweb Tutorial

    Master in Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Learnweb Tutorial for MA Students in Social Anthropology

    FAQ MA-Thesis Supervision

    Master-Students enrolled since the winter term 2018/19 may choose Prof. Dr. Helene Basu or Prof. Dr. Dorothea Schulz as first supervisor.

    Dr. Souleymane Diallo or Dr. Markus Schleiter may be consulted as second supervisors.

    FAQ MA Mod 8

    Because of the covid-19 situation, oral defense of the Master Thesis in Mod. 8 may be held via a video conference (zoom). Mod. 8 is taught by Prof. Helene Basu or Prof. Dorothea Schulz, one of whom will conduct the viva. The oral defense of the thesis concludes Mod 8 and cannot be attended before the writing process of the thesis starts. Please contact  Ms. Osterheider for further information.

Master in Social Anthropology/Sozialanthropologie


Social anthropology looks at diverse socio-cultural lifeworlds. Social anthropologists explore human diversity, cultural similarities and differences, and modes of communication. Taking history into account, social anthropology is grounded in ethnography subjected to theoretical analyses and description. Social anthropological knowledge facilitates cross- and intercultural understandings. The programme encourages reflexivity and ethically responsible research practices. The 4 semester curriculum entails three types of modules imparting knowledge of anthropological theories, fieldwork methods/research project development and regional ethnographic knowledge.

Language of instruction: English (non-obligatory courses may be taught in German).

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Acquired Competence

  •  Knowledge of human diversity Anthropological perspectives of socio-cultural practices and processes of change
  • Conceptual and methodological qualifications in designing and conducting ethnographic research projects
  • Culture sensitive approaches in pluralistic social settings
  • Skills of mediation and transcultural communication

Chances and perspectives

The M.A. Programme in Social Anthropology is a prerequisite for the PhD and prepares for a number of professional fields 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

Start: Winter Semester (October)

Application deadline:

For German, EU-citizens and  NON- EU citizens: Deadline for applications is 31st July 2021.
NON-EU citizens: Application opens 1st week of May. An early application is recommended.

Applicants have to submit all documents online. Applicants will have to submit original documents at the time of enrolment.

Conditions of Admittance

Application portal: studienbewerbung.uni-muenster.de
Detailed information on application process:master application process.uni-muenster.de

Contact at the Institute of Ethnology / student advisor:

Dr. Markus Schleiter (schleiter@uni-muenster.de/ open office hours by zoom: Tuesday 4pm to 6pm)

Please note: Questions concerning the application procedure and the formalities Can ALSO be asked at the Student Admissions Office