In the master’s programme in Anthropology, you will deepen your understanding of the subject area and further develop your academic skills. Classes are taught in English. The programme has a strong focus on research and emphasises work on an individual research project, on which students concentrate in their second year. In the elective area, you can participate in courses taught in English or German according to your preference.

At a glance

  • Field of study

    History, Art and Area Studies, humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction, aptitude test
  • Standard period of study

    Four semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • Degree from a higher education institution in Anthropology or a related discipline
  • Proficiency in English at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Proficiency in an additional language at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

For this degree programme, applicants must complete an aptitude test. Please take note of the various deadlines. You can find more information on the institute’s webpage. The institute will check whether the above requirements have been met and then issue an official notification. This serves as proof that the candidate meets the admission requirements.



The Anthropology MA is a full-time degree programme with 120 ECTS credits. It is planned as a two-year programme with a strong focus on research. In the first year, students concentrate on discussing current anthropological literature and learning advanced skills for conducting academic work. Classes take place in typically university formats.

Compulsory modules

  • Current Debates in Anthropology
  • Research Methods
  • Culture and Technology
  • Anthropology and Communication

Semi-elective courses on area studies

  • Global Studies
  • Indology, Tibetology and Mongolian Studies
  • Chinese and Japanese Studies
  • African Studies
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies

During the second year of the programme, you carry out your research projects, expand your knowledge with a semester abroad or complete an internship. The programme then concludes with the master’s thesis.

  • English-language degree programme, international environment
  • Planning and implementation of your own research project, an extended internship or a semester abroad
  • Close supervision when planning and implementing your research project
  • Systematic teaching of knowledge about global regions due to cooperation with neighbouring subjects
  • Academic careers in research and teaching
  • Teaching careers such as adult learning and intercultural education (including education in public health and anti-racism)
  • Cultural careers such as museums and other institutions that teach and promote culture
  • Social careers such as work with refugees in advising and providing integration assistance for refugees
  • Media careers such as journalism and public relations work
  • Political careers such as international development work, foundations and non-governmental organisations

We recommend that students gain additional professional experience and build networks through internships.


  • An internship is possible and can be counted toward the compulsory elective area
  • A study stay abroad is recommended


Course start: Winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): no
Application period: 2 May–15 September
Application portal: AlmaWeb

An aptitude test is required for the first semester of this degree programme. A second application for the test has to be sent directly to the Institute for Anthropology. The application deadline is 31 May.

Please ensure that you read and take note of the further information provided on the pages “Online application” and “Applying for a master’s programme”.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply on the page “International”.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester – without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester and 4th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: Credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

You can find more information on our page for “Applying for higher semesters of study”.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply on the page “International”.

An aptitude test is required for the first semester of this degree programme. Please go to the institute’s webpage to find information about the registration process for the aptitude test and the deadlines that apply! The application for the degree programme must be submitted separately to the registration for the aptitude test.


Compulsory curriculum in English

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Student sits at a table in the art library and looks into a book