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 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 Danish as well as the international job market.
In the Master’s degree programme in anthropology at Aarhus University, you can gain considerable practical experience. Independent anthropological fieldwork or fieldwork practicum in a Danish or foreign company or organisation provides you with an opportunity to use anthropological methodology and theories in practice. You also strengthen your individual competence profile and specialise in specific topics through your choice of track and selection of topic for fieldwork and thesis. Many students draw on material and data from their fieldwork or practical training in the thesis.
There are three different tracks in the Master’s degree in anthropology, all of which are taught in English, and one is also taught in Danish.
Medical Anthropology (in English):
Grounded in anthropological theory, the “Medical Anthropology” investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global. We point 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 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.
The overall aim of this track is to qualify students of anthropology to take on the task of audiovisual research, consultancy and communication in a world that is increasingly being mediated through images, sound, and online media. Public institutions, private organizations, companies and academia are increasingly demanding audiovisual methods that can facilitate cross-cultural analysis, dialogue and imagination. The track provides students with practical and theoretical skills to work anthropologically within a visual framework. Through hands-on workshops in the production of ethnographic film, students learn to design audiovisual projects, apply audiovisual media as a participatory research method and as a means of analytic investigation and 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. The Visual Anthropology track culminates in the production of a thesis comprised of a written part and a visual anthropological product (film, photography, museum installation, or multimedia).
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 migraion, mateial 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 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.
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The following Bachelor's degree programmes qualify the student for admission to the Master's degree programme in anthropology:
The Board of Studies carries out an individual assessment as to whether applicants with qualifications other than the above have the academic qualifications required for their application to be given equal status.
Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in Anthropology at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in Anthropology on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.
As the Master’s degree programmes in Anthropology (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.
In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.
The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.
In addition to the above, the following language requirements apply for admission to the Master's degree programme in anthropology:
The following specialisations require Danish at upper secondary school "A" level or equivalent:
The following specialisations require English at upper secondary school "B" level or equivalent:
As a student it is important to know the regulations for your chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations.
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
There is a new academic regulations in preparation for the MSc in Anthropology. It is expected that the structure of the degree program will be as described in the diagram below, but the department is awaiting the final approval. It is also expected that students admitted in 2017 will be enrolled on the new academic regulations, where there is four tracks; a general Danish-track, a general English track, an English track in Medical Anthropology and an English track in visual anthropology:
Advanced Anthropological Theory
Contemporary Anthropological Themes
Ethnographic Methodology &
(creating the field)
Anthropology beyond Academia
Advanced Anthropological Analysis (elective)
The Department of Anthropology and Ethnography is based at Moesgaard – an old manor house located just south of Aarhus. Here you have access to a library, a common room, the Moesgaard Museum and beautiful countryside.
You also have plenty of opportunity to take an active part in student life. The following services are available at the Department of Anthropology and Ethnography:
The Student Committee is where you, as a student, can discuss the academic content of your degree programme and contribute to its further development.
The Danish Ethnographic Association is available for all people interested in anthropology and ethnography. The association publishes the journal Jordens Folk (People in the World) and holds meetings in Aarhus and Copenhagen.
Informanten is the student newsletter, which is published 3–4 times a year and deals with a variety of topics.
Kultura is a students’ association where you can meet your fellow students after hours. Kultura consists of three committees:
In addition, there are many other events for students at the Faculty of Humanities and the University of Aarhus – e.g. lectures, intro days, career days, seminars, celebrations and sports days.
Student-to-student is your opportunity to ask about being a student at the Faculty of Arts and about Aarhus and Denmark in general to another international student who has already taken the leap and now lives in Denmark and studies for his/her Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts.
You can read more about the student-to-student service and find the list of AU international student ambassadors at Arts here.
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A Master’s degree in anthropology and ethnography provides you with the following competences:
Anthropologists have many different career paths, including teaching, project management, development projects, and consultancy and analysis work within the following areas:
You can choose to work in research by studying for a PhD, either at the university or in collaboration with a private company. Click on for more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts.
You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.