KU Leuven

Social and Cultural Anthropology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
Social and cultural anthropologists study social processes and the perspectives of the actors involved. Combining an emic (insiders) and etic (external) point of view, anthropologists focus on the differences and similarities between people across the globe. The Social and Cultural Anthropology programme is offered at University of Leuven.

About

In the first stage, you are confronted with general questions such as "What is culture?" and "What is identity?". You will study many forms of human agency and consider different ways in which people across the world deal with social problems.

During this first stage, you start developing your own research by looking for a topic and supervisor, developing a research focus and preparing empirical research to support your final master's thesis. 

You will deepen and further develop your research skills in the second stage of the programme while conducting research for your master's thesis and participating in the Research Seminar. 

Experienced professors and early-career researchers of the faculty's research units (IARA & IMMRC) will introduce you to the most recent developments in anthropology. Your own research interests and focus will inform your choice of electives to round out your programme.

Career paths

Graduates of anthropology find employment in numerous areas including:

  • education
  • social services
  • medical care
  • NGO's
  • international organisations
  • development policy
  • international policy
  • business
  • research.

Objectives

Through empirical research, social and cultural anthropology investigates the differences and similarities between cultures. Thus it wants to shed light on the historical, social political and cultural processes that shape society. This master programme wants to both introduce and specialize students into this fascinating domain. This double goal is reflected in the programme's structure. The latter further emphasises

- acquiring a critical, social-scientific and anthropological attitude;

- acquiring knowledge and skills specific to the discipline (anthropological methods, models, theories, ...). This also implies that students are able to put their specific knowledge and so-called emic perspective to use in an ever changing social debate.

Goals

A graduate in the Master of Science in Social and Cultural Anthropology is capable of designing and carrying out original research and communicating its findings. Also, s/he has the ability to critically evaluate existing research. To this purpose, s/he has a solid and active knowledge of anthropological methods and techniques, of the existing cultural and ethnological diversity and of past and current anthropological paradigms, themes and theories.

The Social and Cultural Anthropology programme is offered at University of Leuven.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Culture, Ecology and Development
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
  • Posthuman Anthropology
  • Anthropology and Islam
  • Anthropology of Ethnicity and Race: Theories and Application
  • Anthropology and Travel

          Detailed Programme Facts

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:

            7

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          • Minimum required score (Grade C):

            180

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          • Minimum required score:

            600

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          • Minimum required score:

            100

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          Academic Requirements

          • This Master's programme presupposes a general scientific background, preferably in the social sciences, human sciences, humanities or equivalent. More generally, it requires sharp observational skills, involvement, and a good knowledge of current social problems. Proficiency in English is essential. Students must be keen to work in groups and be sensitive to ethical and cultural issues.
          • The courses and seminars will be taught in English, and the written work is to be completed in English, which means that sufficient knowledge of English is a pre-requisite. 

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            906 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            906 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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          Living costs for Leuven

          870 - 1300 EUR/month
          Living Costs

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