Master of Science (MSc) in Anthropology and Development Studies



What will I learn?

During the Master in Anthropology and Development studies you dive into the processes that play a role in social transformation related to diversity and inequality in complex and diverse worlds. You develop into a thorough researcher who knows how to optimize the impact of research findings.

Master's in Anthropology and Development Studies: something for you?

  • This unique interdisciplinary Master's programme allows you to specialise in one of three ‘hot’ domains that encompass urgent social issues and are subject to intense academic debate.
  • Our small scale programme offers an intensive learning environment where you work closely with your peers and our expert staff.
  • By learning to design and conduct your own research, and communicate your findings to various audiences, you develop a skills set that prepares you for a wide array of jobs.
  • You are stimulated to design your research in dialogue with NGO’s, municipalities or other stake holders, which provides you with work experience and a crucial network.
  • Our extensive international network offers you plenty of opportunities to arrange a research project that meets your interests, in the Netherlands or across the globe.

What will you learn?

In this Master’s programme you develop your critical, analytical, reflective and academic skills to contribute to society, conducting qualitative research. In the first semester, you choose and design your research project fitting in one of three specialisations:

Decolonising diversity in a polarised world
Ecological livelihoods and environmental justice
Grassroots initiatives, development and the state

During three months of fieldwork you will find answers on your questions within your area of interest. Concluding the master’s programme, you will sum up your findings, not only in the form of an academic thesis, but also as a policy brief or other type of output that you can share with relevant stakeholders to increase your impact.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,500.00 (14,57,984) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: TOEFL score of 575 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher.

For international students

In order to get direct admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Development Studies, Non-Western Sociology or related area that is the equivalent to a Dutch university diploma (this does not include a Bachelor’s from a University of Applied Science, in Dutch hbo; in German Fachhochschule).

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 100, subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 7.0 overall, subscores ≥ 6.5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or above

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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