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Social and Cultural Anthropology


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Anthropology addresses the question about what it means to be human in societies and cultures, past and present. With a Master's degree you know how to systematically explore diverse topics such as displacement, inequality, the effects of climate change on communities, relations between humans and non-humans, health and wellbeing, dataism, and social security. 

During this one-year programme, you’ll learn and apply anthropological theories to issues such as social inequality and cultural diversity. You’ll then immediately put that into practice during a three-month fieldwork research project. Our programme offers you a comprehensive foundation in key anthropological thinking, methods and skills. These include data collection and analysis, communication, seeing the bigger picture, interpersonal interaction, ethnographic writing, problem solving, teamwork and the ability to work independently, empathy, time management, constructing an argument, and critical thinking.

The Social and Cultural Anthropology programme at VU Amsterdam offers two tracks: the social and cultural anthropology track and the professional anthropology track. In both tracks you conduct three months of fieldwork, either far away or close to home, supported by a supervisor at VU.




Master of Science


1 year

ECTS credits

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Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530


Application requirements

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Language requirements

IELTS overall band
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IELTS reading
IELTS writing
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TOEFL paper based
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TOEFL internet based

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 31 May '24 1 Apr '24
1 Sep '25 31 May '25 1 Apr '25
1 Sep '26 31 May '26 1 Apr '26


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

Orange Knowledge Programma (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.


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