Cultural anthropology aims at providing a better understanding of people — why they are who they are and do what they do; how they think; how they talk, eat, fight, love; and how they organise themselves socially, politically, and in relation to things like gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and inequality. The Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Cultural Anthropology, provides you with professional, analytical capacities based in ethnographic methods in areas such as international development and humanitarian assistance, migration, multiculturalism, journalism and media, tourism, museums and exhibitions. It also gives you a solid basis for pursuing a research career in Anthropology.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Cultural Anthropology, has a duration of two academic years and leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Cultural Anthropology as the main field of study. However, it is also possible for you to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits) in Cultural Anthropology. The vast majority of students choose to carry out two years of studies.
The one-year programme provides in-depth knowledge of theory and method in anthropology, and includes the opportunity to complete a minor anthropological fieldwork.
The two-year programme broadens and further deepens your anthropological competence by giving you the opportunity to take additional courses in Cultural Anthropology or other relevant disciplines; to take applied anthropology courses; to carry out internships in Sweden or abroad; or to study at another university for one semester.
To be admitted to the Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Cultural Anthropology, you must have a BA in humanities or social sciences with at least 60 Higher Education Credits in cultural/social anthropology, or an equivalent subject.
Students who have previously completed the one-year Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology may be admitted to the second year and will then write a 15 credit essay during the second year.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Cultural Anthropology as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits) with Cultural Anthropology as the main field of study.
The Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Cultural Anthropology, has a duration of two academic years, but there is also a one-year version available.
In order to get an Master of Arts (120 credits) you will take 8 or 9 courses worth 7.5 credits each, do a 5 to 10 week long internship and write a thesis of 45 credits.
You may also follow the one-year programme to attain a Master of Arts (60 credits). To complete the one-year programme, you will take four courses worth 7.5 credits each and write a thesis of 30 credits.
The courses Advanced Study of Anthropological Theory and Anthropological Research Method are mandatory and are taught during the first semester. Additional courses are elective. As a rule one additional course is taught during the autumn and two during the spring. You may also select from among more than 40 courses within the Master Programme in the Humanities by other departments at the Faculty of Arts.
Courses within the programme
As a Master’s student in Cultural Anthropology, you can choose from a wide range of courses offered within the Faculty of Arts (please note that not all courses are offered in English). The following courses are offered within the Cultural Anthropology specialisation:
Advanced Study of Anthropological theory, 7.5 credits (5KA401) – compulsory
Anthropological Research Methods, 7.5 credits (5KA400) – compulsory
Political Ecology, 7.5 credits (5KA404)
Anthropology in Practice, 7.5 credits (5KA407)
Ethnography and Multiculturalism, 7.5 credits (5KA406)
Contemporary Debates and Developments in Cultural Anthropology, 7.5 credits (5KA417)
The focus of this programme is cultural and social anthropology. During the first term, students will take two mandatory courses: Advanced Study of Anthropological Theory and Anthropological Research Method.
In addition to the mandatory courses the department gives electable courses – at least one during the autumn term and two during the spring term. It is also common that researchers and lecturers give elective courses outside the normal curriculum. These courses are worth 7.5 credits and can be included in the exam. You may also chose from about 40 courses given at the departments at the Faculty of Arts.
The courses at the Master's level are worth 7.5 credits each, and are given at a study pace of 50 percent. Classes comprise both lectures and seminars. Examination forms vary, but will include oral and written seminar presentations, written exams and shorter essays.
Master's students in cultural anthropology can do a five or ten-week internship (worth 7.5 or 15 credits). The internship can be carried out in Sweden, but students in the programme have also done internships in South Africa, Luxemburg and the Philippines.
This programme provides you with professional, analytical capacities in areas such as international development and humanitarian assistance, migration, multiculturalism, journalism and media, tourism, museums and exhibitions. It also gives you a solid basis for pursuing a research career in Anthropology.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences. Also required is 60 credits in anthropology.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
the quality of the Bachelor's thesis/degree project; and
a statement of purpose outlining their anthropological proficiency (1-2 pages).
Special emphasis is placed on the quality of the degree project in social or cultural anthropology or equivalent subject.
As full documentation of your degree project, preferably a Bachelor's thesis, is required, a paper copy must arrive no later than 1 February 2018, to:
Uppsala University Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology P.O. Box 631 SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Please mark your envelope 'Master Programme in the Humanities: Cultural Anthropology.
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