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


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The programme in educational anthropology is based on research-based methodologies, theories and conceptualisations concerning questions of cultural dynamics, culturalisation processes and cultural forms of mediation in real and virtual social contexts.

The educational-anthropological perspective is generally characterised by being tinged by reflections on metatheoretical, theoretical-conceptual, methodological and analytical questions. More specifically, the perspective is characterised by its special focus on cultural dynamics and forms of mediation in concrete social forms of practices and their societal context, with the aim of being able to articulate and analyse the known and as yet unknown problems and potentials of these processes and forms of practice. How, for example, the lives of children, home life, student life, political life, organisational life, the life of the firm, and virtual life are made in concrete material and immaterial space, is thus a central question of educational anthropology.

Admission requirements

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

  • Bachelor's degree in anthropology, education, European ethnology, sociology, sociology and cultural analysis or education science
  • Any other Bachelor's degree programme in the humanities or social science with modules in education and/or anthropology equivalent to 30 ECTS
  • A professional Bachelor’s degree programme as a primary and lower-secondary school teacher, social educator, registered nurse, social worker, physiotherapist, midwife, occupational therapist or police officer; or a professional Bachelor’s degree programme in relaxation therapy and psychomotor therapy, nutrition and health, or Christianity, culture and communication.

You will be admitted to the degree programmes based solely on your qualifying course of study. It is therefore not possible to become further qualified. The assessment of applicants is based on whether the admission requirements are met. Work experience is not included in the assessment of the qualifying course of study. 

Language requirements

Admission to the Master's programme in Educational Anthropology requires Danish at A level or equivalent. See more about the documentation of the Danish requirement. In order to complete the programme, it is also a prerequisite that you can read literature and attend courses in English.

Admission on other terms

Following individual assessment, Aarhus University may grant admission to the degree programme for applicants who do not meet the educational requirements but who are deemed to have the necessary qualifications to be able to complete the degree programme. Work experience is not included in the assessment; only formal education is assessed.

If you apply for admission to a Master's degree programme on the basis of a course of study which is not described as qualifying in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme(s) to which you are applying, you must enclose a description of your educational background as well as documentation of this. To enable an assessment of your educational background to be made, the following requirements must be met:

1. Your educational background must be on a par with that of the qualifying course of study which is described in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme.

2. Your educational background must have a scope of at least three years of full-time study – equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

3. Your educational background must be academically relevant.

4. If your educational background is composed of different modules and/or courses of study at multiple universities/educational institutions, and if you want to be admitted on this basis, you must enclose a summary of your entire educational background. The summary must include the titles of the modules and/or courses of study you have passed, the year in which they were passed and the names of the various educational institutions.

5. The documentation of your educational background must include: a) a description of the purpose, content, level and duration of the course of study, e.g. in the form of academic regulations, and b) documentation that you have passed/completed the course of study in the form of certificates.

Restricted admission

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Anthropology is restricted. There is no waiting list for the Master's degree in Educational Science.

Selection criteria

If the number of qualified applicants to the degree programme exceeds the number of places, an academic assessment committee will be appointed to select applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Average mark for qualifying course of study. The average mark is calculated at the time of the application. Read more about calculating average marks.

NB: A qualifying average mark (GPA) is no longer calculated as the average mark is included in the overall assessment.

2. Description of educational relevance. The academic assessment committee assesses the applicants on the basis of an enclosed description of educational relevance as well as documentation in the form of certificate/transcript of records, academic regulations (if any) and any further documentation at Bachelor's and/or Master's degree level. What does a description of educational relevance contain?

Change in application requirements for summer admissions 2021

As a consequence of a change in the law, if you apply to a degree programme at DPU with restricted admission, you can now include relevant experience (including job experience) in your application. This will apply starting with applications for enrolment in September 2021.

Admission to Emdrup or Aarhus?

The Master's Degree Programme in Educational Anthropology is offered in both Emdrup and Aarhus, but you must choose whether you want to create an application for admission to this Master's degree programme in either Emdrup or Aarhus. ONCE you have chosen 'Educational Anthropology – summer intake', you will be asked where you want to study.


It is not possible to apply for transfer from other Master's degree programmes to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Anthropology.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

Student life

Your chance to leave your mark

A degree programme at the Department of Education is not a pre-packaged deal. As a student, you have plenty of scope to shape your degree programme and make it fit your own particular needs and interests.

Student guidance is the cornerstone of our approach, but you should also be prepared to look for knowledge yourself, choose your own path through the programme and collaborate with others. In short, we’ll be testing your knowledge, your attitudes and your ability to present valid arguments. In other words: Education is not something you will be given, it is something you will have to take.

Spend your time wisely

Timetabled teaching constitutes only a small part of an academic programme. This means that on a day-to-day basis you’re largely free to plan your own study activities.

On this Master’s degree programme you might only have teaching a couple of times a week, but you should anticipate a much larger workload. So you should think very carefully about how much paid work you take on in addition to your studies. And if you’ve got a family, it might also be a good idea to involve them in the planning process.

Communities and networking

The academic and social environments are closely connected at the university. Study groups form the basis of both academic exchanges and social activities.

Your fellow students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, and many of them also have experience of the job market. Not only will you make new friends; you will also establish a solid professional network that you can draw on – even after you have finished the programme.

Study locations:

Aarhus Campus

1,400 students (one-third of all the students at the Department of Education) study in Aarhus. The Aarhus section of the department is located at Trøjborg and shares classrooms with the rest of the university.

Road map for Trøjborg

Emdrup Campus

The Copenhagen section of the Department of Education is located at Emdrup Campus. Here you will find modern teaching facilities and a concentrated study environment where research and education exist side by side.

Road map for Emdrup Campus

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

The programme aims to give students the knowledge and competence necessary to work with educational, developmental, management, and consultancy tasks and, on the basis of the understanding gained of research work and research ethics, to participate in research contexts in an educational-anthropological perspective, both independently and in cooperation with others.

The programme may furthermore form the basis for the three-year research training programme leading to a PhD.

Through the programme, students will develop social, communication and dissemination competences with the aim of being able to participate in and develop cross-disciplinary and multicultural collaboration. The individual student?s different competences are enhanced and focused in relation to different job functions (for example, educational, developmental, management, research, and consultancy tasks), different areas of work (e.g. children and youths, interculturality, verbal, visual, digital, and other forms of mediation, management and organisational cultures, globalisations), and specific forms of organisation (e.g. public institutions, private firms).

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.