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What will I learn?

Despite strong forces of globalisation, social cultural sameness does not increase. Power tensions and violent conflicts continue to persist and even erupt.

Why?

To answer this question, we need an anthropological analysis of the relation between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. The Master's programme Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation (CASTOR) equips you with the knowledge and skills to make this analysis.

International fieldwork

This two-year Master has a strong international focus, and it introduces you to the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad.

Programme Objective

The Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for a research career, in academia (including further PhD training), in other research institutes or in private companies. On the foundation of your Bachelor’s degree, this Master’s programme trains you to operate as a qualified cultural anthropologist. As a science practitioner you'll develop the academic skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and develop groundbreaking research on the relationship between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. Being educated at Utrecht University quarantines that you are equipped with a strong methodological basis.

If you wish to have a career that is less focused on research, then the Master's programme Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship might interest you. The substantive focus of this programme is on citizenship in relation to a sustainable environment, while the Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation focuses on issues of power, (violent) conflict and the state.

Careers:

The Master’s programme Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for subsequent PhD training, but also serves as a freestanding programme for graduates who aspire to research positions outside academia.

Academic Careers

This Master's programme prepares you for a scientific career, whether in academia (PhD training), research institutes, government organisations, NGOs or private companies.

Professional Careers

Students who regard the MSc as the end of their academic education can capitalise on their:

  • Research experience abroad
  • Foreign language fluency
  • Analytical, research, and reporting skills
  • Successful completion of a demanding programme

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,79,483) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

Applicants must hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in the Social or Behavioural Sciences. You should have an above-average academic record, including a strong research interest and a good command of English. Students with another academic Bachelor degree but with above average interest in sociocultural transformation can also be admitted to the programme. Your undergraduate degree must have included sufficient anthropology courses and preferably a course on qualitative research methods. The Bachelor's degree should equal the level of the Dutch equivalent. Equivalency will be decided by the programme's Admissions Committee.

Students with a GPA of 3.4 (or the Dutch equivalent of 7.5) or higher are eligible. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 (Dutch equivalent: 7 or better) may be eligible and will have a chance of being selected if their previous studies fit well with the Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformations programme, according to the programme’s Admissions Committee.

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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