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Master (2 years) of Arts in Anthropology , 120 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Whether they are studying a religious cult in Brazil or human evolution­ary fossils in the United Arab Emirates, anthropologists are concerned with the various different aspects that explain the cultural and ethnic differences between people’s perspectives and beliefs. The MSc in Anthropology at Aarhus University is unique in dealing with everyday practices, as well as the accompanying rituals, ceremonies, and processes that define us as human beings.  

The programme provides you with a thorough foundation in anthropo­logical theory and analysis, an understanding of ethnographic approaches to the study of cultures and societies around the world, and a strong grounding in research methods and their interface with contem­porary practices. With a focus on today’s quickly modernising world, this Master’s programme challenges the classic understanding of basic human conditions and the way they change by working with a comparative perspective and studying social and cultural conditions

About the Degree

There are three tracks in the MSc programme in anthropology, all taught in English:
  • General Anthropology (both a Danish and English track)
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Visual Anthropology   
In the first and second semester, you will take theoretical, thematic, and methodological courses. In your second and third semester you have the chance to gain practical experience by doing anthropological fieldwork or an internship at a Danish or international company or organisation. Most students draw on material and data from their fieldwork or practical training when they choose their thesis topic. During the third semester, you will also work with analysis of fieldwork data and employment pos­sibilities. In the fourth semester you will prepare your Master’s thesis.

General Anthropology
This track builds on a classical anthropological approach, studying man as a social and cultural being as well as the way people interact with one another. Its structure allows you to specialise in the topics that interest you. This could be a specific topic, for example integration, visual culture, religion and politics, or change processes, or you can specialise in the cultural issues relating to a specific area such as East Africa, North America, or South-East Asia.

Medical Anthropology and Glocal EthnographyThis track, grounded in anthropological theory, introduces you to today’s global medical issues. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global.

Visual Anthropology
This track provides training in the practical and theoretical skills you will need to take part in visual anthropological debates about the workings of human imagination and perception in diverse cultural settings.


To find out more about admission to the MSc in Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography please visit the programme’s website.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of Aarhus University

Apply directly at Aarhus University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education →


Please read more about tuition fee here →

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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