In view of an increasingly globalized world in which local, national and global processes are interwoven, the "science of the culturally foreign" plays a key role in understanding the complex present that must be examined in the context of global and transnational interdependencies in the synopsis of micro and macro levels.

In terms of philosophy of science, the master’s course ties in with the social and cultural science tradition of the subject and draws on its own method of historically comparative social research. Regional knowledge of Asian and African countries as well as the emphasis on international experience as part of an independent research project underline the importance that the Master's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology attaches to intercultural understanding.



The master’s course comprises a compulsory, compulsory elective and research area. From the four profile areas offered, students can choose two profiles according to their own focus.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Compulsory area

module Theories of social and cultural anthropology
module Anthropology of Religions
module Social structures
module Ethnographic work

Elective area 

Choose two from the following four modules

module Psychological ethnology
module Medical ethnology
module Environmental anthropology
module Visual and media anthropology

Research area

module Research project - basics
module Research project - evaluation



To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • University studies with a minimum of 60 credit points in ethnology or social and cultural anthropology,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not acquire their university degree at an educational establishment in which English is the language of instruction.



Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

Graduates acquire the ability to analyze complex social configurations and processes from different perspectives. The course enables you to do scientific work, to carry out well-founded analyzes with political, economic, cultural or societal objectives, and to qualified activities in a number of current and future relevant occupational fields.

These are in particular: at universities, other colleges and research institutes, in government institutions, in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in international institutions, in migration, integration and refugee work as well as in intercultural areas, in environmental risk management and in vulnerability (international climate protection programs), in disaster relief in developing and emerging countries, in medical areas (intercultural and international health work), with publishers, in libraries, in advisory and analytical activities at e.g. commercial enterprises, foundations and associations, in museums (cultural exchange) , in adult education (intercultural skills transfer), in tourism as well as in the press and the media, e.g. in public relations.

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