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Anthropology - Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography

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


Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography is a track within the MSc in Anthropology programme. Grounded in anthropological theory, this track gives students the analytical tools to understand the complex problems of global health. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society, from the individual to the global. Using the concept glocal – the encounter between globalisation and localisation – we point our attention towards the unfolding of biomedicine and biotech sciences in dynamic global–local interlinkages. How are medical thinking and practice shaped in different contexts? How do biomedicine and other medical systems contribute to shaping societal development and cultural practice? What new needs are created by biomedical inventions and interventions, and how do perceptions of sociality, identity and kinship change along with these perceived needs?

Students in this track learn how to analyse medical knowledge and practice as part of cultural landscapes that not only shape the conditions under which people live in a globalised world, but influence the very meaning of what it is to be human. Through multidisciplinary discussions of the social and biological life of illness and disease, students will be trained to challenge implicit assumptions about universalism and determinism. They will be groomed to engage in collaboration with epidemiologists, geneticists and other scientists in the broad fields of health and medicine.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Anthropology provides students with valuable methodological tools and with core competencies in cultural understanding and social analysis. Anthropologists pursue many different career paths, from teaching, project management and development projects to consultancy and analysis work in private and public sectors. The Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography track equips graduates with critical theoretical and methodological tools to engage in work in the global health field – both in the global South and in the global North.


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 →

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

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
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


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