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Master's degree programme in Anthropology - Introduction

Equipped for globalisation

In the degree programme, you work with cultures and societies around the world. You work with a comparative perspective and, through the study of social and cultural conditions, you seek to acquire an understanding of basic human conditions and the way they change. You gain insight into how people live and interact with each other and into the society"s institutions, rules, traditions and technology. Anthropology deals with man as a social and cultural being and with the way we interact with each other and society. These are important skills in an increasingly globalised world, and with a Master’s degree in Anthropology you are well equipped for the dansih aswell as the international job market.

Anthropology in theory and practice

In the Master’s degree programme in anthropology at Aarhus University, you can gain considerable practical experience. Anthropological fieldwork or a period of practical training in a Danish or foreign company or organisation provides you with an opportunity to try out anthropological methodology and theories in practice. You also strengthen your individual competence profile and specialise in specific topics through your choice of supplementary subjects and your thesis, for which many students often draw on material and data from their fieldwork or practical training.

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There are five different tracks in the Master’s degree in anthropology, three of of which are taught in English.

  • Global Studies and Development (English)
  • Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography (English)
  • Visual Anthropology (English)
  • Innovation, Organization and Work Anthropology (Danish)
  • General Anthropology (both Danish and English)

Global Studies and Development (English)

This track, which is taught in English, focuses on globalisation and development. The topics you study include the relationship between globalisation, poverty, environment and conflicts and the role culture and cultural differences play in development processes and conflicts.

As a student, you get an opportunity for in-depth study of complex social issues and processes in a global perspective. Theoretical discussions combined with empirical examples teach you to use your academic competences in global development work and to solve cultural conflicts.


NEW TRACK: Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography (in English):

Grounded in anthropological theory, the course programme “Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography” presents you with global medical problematics. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global. With the concept glocal we point attention towards the unfolding of biomedicine (including 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 e.g. sociality, identity and kinship change along with these perceived needs?

You will learn how to analyze medical knowledge and practice as part of cultural landscapes that influence the very meaning of what it is to be human, and the conditions people live under in a globalized world. Through multidisciplinary discussions of the social and biological life of illness and disease you will be trained to challenge implicit assumptions about universalism and determinism and groomed to engage in collaboration with epidemiologists, geneticists and other scientists in the broad fields of health and medicine. 

Learn more about Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography by downloading this PDF-leaflet.


Visual Anthropology (English)

This MA programme provides students with practical and theoretical skills to take part in visual anthropological debates about the workings of human imagination and perception in diverse cultural settings. Through hands-on workshops in the production of anthropological film, photography and exhibitions, students learn to apply audiovisual and new social media as a participatory research method and as a means of analytic expression. The aim is to develop practical and conceptual sensibilities that allow students to explore and experiment with the interfaces and dialectics of human perception, emotion and imagination beyond what can be contained in words.

Learn more about Visual Anthropology by downloading this PDF-leaflet.


General Anthropology (both Danish and English)

The track builds on a classical, anthropological approach to the study of man as a social and cultural being and the way people interact with each other. The structure of this track allows you to specialise in 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.

You acquire a basic cultural understanding that enables you to analyse complex social and societal issues in a globalised world, cutting across genders, generations, ethnical groups and other divides.


Innovation, Organization and Work (in Danish)

Culture also exists behind a company’s closed doors. If you are interested in the social and cultural aspects of companies, organisations and in work contexts, this track will give you the tools to study innovation and creativity, work, identity and integration as well as the culture of companies and organisations.

A company has its own cultural practice; its own discourse and social structure, and a company’s culture is affected by its material objects and feelings and the language spoken in the workplace. As a student of this track, you study these aspects and acquire skills that improve your chances of employment in the Danish and international business community as well as within the government and the municipalities.


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Commencement of studies


Examples of qualifying BA/BSc programmes

Sarah Maria Rasch, cand.mag. Anthropology

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