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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 and EU-citizens: 15th of July
NON-EU citizens: 1st week of May to 31st May

Conditions of Admittance

Application portal: studienbewerbung.uni-muenster.de

Contact at the Institute of Ethnology / Student advisor:

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

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