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The Masters degree programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship from Utrecht University will train you to work as an academic professional. Along with classic methods and skills, the programme allows you to acquire applied and practice-focused skills, enabling you to flexibly switch between or integrate scientific theory and anthropological professional practice.


After the wave of pro-democracy protests and social uprisings from Cairo to Kiev, from Syria to Greece, the world has looked with horror at the deaths of thousands of people trying to make their way from North Africa and the Middle East into Europe. Currently, the EU is struggling to respond to this surge of uprooted people, now coined as 'migrant or refugee crisis'. The movement of people raises fierce political discussions about borders and 'sharing the burden', resulting in, on one hand, a call for restrictive policies and on the other hand the emphasis on the moral obligation to welcome these people.

The above reveals tensions between repression and compassion, between boundaries and freedom of movement, between security and solidarity. These issues are at the core of the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship.

The programme from Utrecht University seeks to understand how citizens worldwide are negotiating and restructuring their living environment to be safe and sustainable at the same time, as sustainability is not only about the environment, climate, or economy but also about the social component. It requieres actively involved citizens in various positions. In the programme you’ll focus on the triangle of People, Planet, and Profit.

Innovative methodology

Anthropologists continually focus on cultural diversity and differences based on ethnicity, class, gender, age, and health. This Master’s programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate these facets of life and their interrelationships. During your studies, you will learn traditional anthropological methods and techniques (fieldwork, participatory observation, and qualitative interviews). However, you will also work with innovative methodologies in the area of narrative digital ethnography and sensory ethnography engaging in cutting-edge combinations of aesthetics, digital media, and ethnography. You will also explore ethical dilemmas and your own social responsibility as an anthropologist.

International fieldwork and research

The programme offers you a comprehensive learning environment with an international and comparative perspective. You will have the opportunity to go abroad for your field research and internship, and you can attend seminars of the research group Sovereignty and Social Contestation, to which international researchers and lecturers are regularly invited. This Master’s programme is offered through the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and numerous of our staff members like Dr Cristina Grasseni, Dr Diederick Raven, Dr Tessa Diphoorn and the Master's Programme Director Dr Yvon van der Pijl participate in the programme.

Programme Objective

This Master’s degree programme will train you to work as an academic professional. Along with classic methods and skills, the programme allows you to acquire applied and practice-focused skills, enabling you to flexibly switch between or integrate scientific theory and anthropological professional practice. Take a look at the portraits of our graduates for a better idea of the career prospects.

Do you want to pursue a career as a scientific researcher? If so, the Master’s programme Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation might be a better fit for your goals. This programme concentrates on the issue of power and (violent) conflict versus the state, while the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship focuses on citizenship in relation to a sustainable living environment.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Anthropology Of Globalization
  • Sustainability And Social Contestation
  • Academic Professional Cultural Anthropology
  • Citizenship In The New World Order
  • Elective Course
  • Academic Professional Cultural Anthropology

For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelors degree (equivalent of a Dutch University Bachelors degree) in Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Political Sciences; or a demonstrable knowledge of issues related to the themes of cultural pluralism, globalization, citizenship and sustainability which totals at least 15 (ECTS) credit points.
  • You must have knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods (7,5 credits in total).
  • You are able to interpret, analyze and solve key (social) issues in anthropology, more specifically theoretical concepts and approaches concerning cultural diversity, citizenship, sustainability and globalization.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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