Anthropology of Education and Globalisation

About the programme 
Language: Danish (See language requirements)  |  Place of study: Copenhagen (Emdrup)  | Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish

A two-year international Master's degree 

Education, learning and knowledge continue to grow in importance. They are widely considered to be prime drivers of global mobility and of the processes of equal opportunity, economic development and citizenship – in the North as well as the South. The MA in Anthropology of Education and Globalisation aims to provide students with the competences necessary to work with the important topics of education, learning and knowledge in an increasingly globalised world. 

A unique combination

The programme is designed for students seeking an advanced training in anthropological approaches to educational practice and process in settings as varied as educational institutions, workplaces and civil society. Using ethnographic research methods and cross-cultural comparisons, the programme trains students to analyse specific practices of education and knowledge in relation to local as well as broader (global) social and cultural contexts. It provides a unique platform for exploring an array of traditional and less usual educational themes and sites across the globe: educational mobility, multiculturalism and new forms of citizenship; global educational policy processes; the production and politics of knowledge; childhood socialisation and education; welfare and health pedagogy; workplace learning, leadership and governance; and technology, design and culture. 

Education and learning in a globalised world

By training students to embrace a global perspective and in-depth understanding of how processes of education and learning are negotiated and managed in everyday life, in settings that also transcend national and cultural borders, the programme targets an internationally oriented labour market. Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, group work, project work and active participation in class, and we actively use the diversity of the international classroom to explore similarities and differences in education across the world.

Through the programme, students develop academic, intercultural and communicative competences, which will allow them to participate in and develop cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration regarding issues of education and learning. Students will gain an understanding of ethnographic research methods and ethics qualifying them to participate in research contexts and work with various educational tasks – both independently and in cooperation with others.


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Anthropology of Education and Globalisation requires that you have completed one of the following courses
of study:

  • Completed Bachelor's degree in anthropology
  • Completed Bachelor's degree in ethnography
  • Completed Bachelor's degree in ethnology
  • Completed Bachelor's degree in sociology
  • Completed Bachelors degree in cultural studies
  • Completed Bachelor's degree in education
  • Completed Bachelor's degree in education science
  • Completed Bachelor's degree programme in the humanities or social science with modules in education and/or anthropology/ethnography as supplementary subjects equivalent to a minimum of 45 ECTS credits.
  • Completed Bachelor's degree in education or social education with modules in education and/or anthropology/ethnography equivalent to a minimum of 45 ECTS credits.

Selection criteria

As this Master's degree programme only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

There is no waiting list for the Master's degree in Anthropology of Education and Globalisation.

Emphasis is on the following in the selection of the best-qualified applicants:

1) Academic background (75%)

  • Average mark for qualifying course of study. The average mark is calculated at the time of the application deadline. Read more about calculating average marks. (25%)
  • Average mark for relevant courses* (25%)
  • The number of relevant courses* (expressed in ECTS credits) included in your Bachelor's degree programme (25%)

*Relevant courses include courses in anthropology, ethnography, ethnology, sociology, cultural studies, international or global studies, development studies, education science and other relevant areas. Please note that marks obtained after the application deadline are not included in the average mark. The selection committee assesses the application on the basis of the enclosed certificates, transcripts of examination results and course descriptions/academic regulations (curricula).

2) Other relevant experience (25%)

  • Relevant work experience**
  • International, cultural or organisational experience.

**Work experience from, for example, NGOs, international organisations, private enterprises, the public sector. In the selection, emphasis is on the assessment of the applicant's CV and other relevant documents.

NB! Be aware that you must upload a statement of relevance to your application. Find more information.    

Language requirements

The language of instruction is Danish and English, and all applicants must therefore document Danish at Danish upper secondary school level (level A) or the equivalent. Furthermore requires English B-level or the equivalent.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

The programme comprises both compulsory and elective modules, a three-to-five-month period of ethnographic fieldwork, and a thesis. The programme is designed to enhance students’ social, communication and dissemination competences and to orient their studies towards specific employment opportunities.


Student life

Study at Aarhus University – in Copenhagen

Aarhus University’s Department of Education, which offers the MA in Anthropology of Education and Globalisation, is located in Copenhagen, on the Emdrup Campus in the northern part of the city.

Emdrup Campus

Part of the Danish School of Education is located on Emdrup Campus, Copenhagen. Here you will find modern teaching facilities and an intensive study environment where research goes hand in hand with teaching activities.

Guide to Campus Emdrup

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Fazal Rizvi, professor of Global Studies at University of Melbourne, visited the programme for three weeks in October 2014. A public talk on Western policy responses to The Rise of Asian Higher Education was among his many activities here.

Dr. Rajani Naidoo of the University of Bath explains how higher education is becoming increasingly market driven, thus becoming less interested in the common good. Dr. Naidoo gives advice to the Danish education system on what to prioritize and what to avoid

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Career profile

Education and life-long learning are of growing global importance. Educating students to embrace a global perspective and an in-depth understanding of how education, learning and knowledge are negotiated and managed in everyday life in differing settings across national and cultural borders, the programme is aimed at an internationally oriented labour market.

Possible job functions include educational and developmental management, research, and consultancy tasks; possible areas of work include children and youth, multiculturalism, management and organisational culture, globalisation, policy processes; and specific forms of organisation include public institutions, private firms, and not for-profit NGOs.

Students’ understanding of practice-related research methods and ethics will qualify them to participate in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research, and to work with various educational tasks both independently and in cooperation with others.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

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.