Social and Cultural Anthropology

1 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
You must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited research university in Anthropology or a closely related discipline.
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Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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Explore human security and insecurity
How do people living in poverty and war-stricken parts of the world survive? What strategies do they use to confront their fates and ultimately improve their socio-economic condition? Is migration a last resort for the desperate or a stepping stone for the ambitious? How do refugees cope in their new home countries and how do they integrate into their new societies? These are some of the topics explored in the one-year, fulltime Master's programme Social and cultural Anthropology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Human security is the contemporary theme during the Master Social and Cultural Anthropology. Participants will actively investigate the multiple dimensions of human security and insecurity (e.g. economic, socio-cultural, political) and how the drive for material, physical and emotional security can paradoxically create new zones of conflict and insecurity. During the programme, you will deal with various aspects and manifestations of human security and insecurity. A core principle of the Master’s programme Social and Cultural Anthropology is the interdependency between social transformations and the meaning that people give to these pervasive changes in their lives.

This programme is accredited by the NVAO. After finishing the programme, you receive the internationally recognized degree of Master of Science (MSc).

Career prospects

Anthropologists today are key players in development, governance, social work, culture and education. Alumni of the master Social and Cultural Anthropology work as analysts and researchers.  The special applied skills to deal with and understand intercultural sensitivities and identity formation mean anthropologists are in demand by both public and private sectors, in no small part due to their ability to read and interpret events on the ground as they occur.

The extent of occupational flexibility encouraged by the Master’s programme reflects its emphasis on diversity, independent thinking and global, holistic knowledge that characterizes the study of anthropology. As an anthropologist, you have to think both inside and outside the box. We push you to combine your research and analytical skills which incorporate a cultural understanding with a scientific methodology. Our unique approach of combining anthropological training with its implementation in your own research project, will put you in the front line for a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from research in academic or non-academic institutes, to NGO or policy making in development, aid, governance, consulting for private enterprises, and journalism.

The intensive training and hands-on in-the-field research experience you will gain from the Master’s programme Social and Cultural Anthropology will also equip you to compete with other trained social scientists. Our alumni work for  UNESCO, War Child, UNICEF, local and national government institutions, newspapers, companies, and non-governmental organizations. Other areas in which employers seek anthropological skills are for example human resources, intercultural communication, tourism, the armed forces and the museum sector.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Campus
De Boelelaan 1105 
1081 HV Amsterdam

Wytske Siegersma
phone: (020) 59 85037

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