At a glance

  • Field of study

    history, arts and oriental studies, humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

  • Full/part-time

    part-time, full-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction, aptitude test
  • Standard period of study

    Four semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • The general pre-requisite for entering the program is a degree from a higher education institution, usually via the completion of a bachelor program with a standard study period of six semesters.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or a related discipline
  • Solid proficiency in English (proficiency at level B2 (CEFR))

Successful completion of an Aptitude test (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung). Enrolment is conditional on the student passing the admission interview. More information is available at the institute’s webpage.


The Institute of Anthropology in Leipzig offers a master’s (MA) programme to students who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in anthropology or a related discipline, and who want to further deepen their understanding and develop their academic skills. The Anthropology MA is a two-year programme with a strong focus on research. Classes are taught in English.

Current Debates in Anthropology

The seminar deals with contemporary debates in anthropology. This is a split module including a writing workshop and a seminar. In the seminar, students deepen their knowledge of core debates in the discipline through the in-depth reading and discussion of current publications. The topics cover debates about nature/culture, global/local, current forms of capitalism, war/peace, body/race, materiality and legal pluralism. Students give an oral presentation on a topic of their choice. In the writing workshop, students analyse their BA work, develop core theses, and write a term paper in the form of a journal article.

Examination: Home assignment in the form of a journal article based on the student's own BA thesis.

Culture and Technology

The module introduces students to current academic debates on the cultural relevance of technology. They reflect on social dynamics in case studies from various countries, especially those of the Global South. They discuss hopes and fears associated with the introduction of new technologies, and consider specific social experiences in dealing with new techniques and technologies. Relevant conceptual approaches are actor-network theory and others from anthropology, media sociology, science and technology studies etc. Students conclude the module by writing a term paper.

Examination: Home assignment.

Advanced Methods in Research

The seminar introduces students to current debates on anthropological research methods and trains their skills to develop a project, plan its implementation, select appropriate research methods and – if they wish – apply for funding for a field study. Students reflect views of controversial discussions in the discipline in their own projects. Topics include: the Writing Culture debate, field research as dialogue, reflexive anthropology, multi-sited ethnography, media ethnography, gender and field research. Students work on their project designs. They reflect on their projects and discuss relevant literature and appropriate methods for their implementation.

Examination: Research project proposal.

Anthropology and Communication

The seminar deals with forms of public communication. Firstly, students analyse the content of films, other visual media or the internet. They consider the way people relate to exhibitions or communicate about travel experiences and reflect on the role of these media in anthropology. Secondly, students develop their own projects for public communication, e.g. in the form of a museum installation, redesigning parts of the institute website, developing information brochures for the general public, producing a radio programme etc. Students reflect on their practical work in a written essay.

Examination: Essay.

Students of the MA in Anthropology train advanced research skills. They are well prepared to undertake a PhD or work in the cultural sector, such as museums or NGOs. Anthropology graduates also seek employment in the media as journalists or film-makers. They are well trained to work in marketing research, institutional analysis or the development sector. It is recommended that students gain additional professional experience and build networks through internships.


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

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

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)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.


Compulsory curriculum in English

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