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    QISPOS Information Summer Semester 2023

    The QISPOS registration period of summer semester 2023 runs from 17th April 2023 to 13th June 2023.
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    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 may be consulted as second supervisor.

    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:  May 2023 -  July, 15th 2023

For German, EU-citizens and  NON- EU citizens:  Deadline for applications is 15th July 2023.
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 Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology / student advisor:

Dr. Souleymane Diallo (sdiallo@uni-muenster.de/ open office hours by zoom: tba)

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