Medical Anthropology and Sociology

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The Master's programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, employs social science theory and methods to critically analyse health issues facing a globalising world.

The Master's programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) educates students to understand health, illness and the body from a social science perspective. The programme looks both at pressing health problems as well as key issues in social science theory. It enables students with a Bachelor's degree in a social science to deepen their knowledge of their discipline, while at the same time acquiring a specialisation in a health-related topic. Students with a medical and psychological sciences background, on the other hand, acquire further training in social science and learn to critically and reflexively integrate this training with their earlier academic and professional experience. The UvA has been a pioneer in this exciting and growing field. Our intensive, one-year programme combines coursework and a thesis project based on fieldwork. Some students choose to do research in the Netherlands and other European countries; others go to Asia, Africa or the Americas. Students examine a broad range of issues: from the social determinants of disease to sexual subcultures to the politics of pharmaceuticals.

The programme consists of three core courses and one elective course in the first semester. The core courses focus on the theoretical framework, research subjects for Medical and Social Anthropologists and the research design. Students also take one elective course on a theme or in an area that relates to their research interests. The programme is completed with a fieldwork of 8- 10 weeks and a thesis in the second semester.


The Master's thesis (23 ECTS) is based on qualitative research carried out by the student under supervision of a faculty member. Students design their own research projects. Some fieldwork positions will be made available to students through the institute. In some cases, students can connect their individual projects to the research activities of staff members, or to current PhD projects within the department.

Degree requirements

Upon successful completion of three required core courses (27 ECTS), one elective course (10 ECTS) and the required fieldwork and thesis project (23 ECTS), students will receive an officially accredited masters degree in Medical Anthropology and Sociology and the title Master of Science.

Additional subject: All applicants should also have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology evidenced by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 12 EC during previous study. Promising candidates with less than 10 EC of social science research methodology may be admitted provided they complete an intensive research methodology module first. For more information, please visit our website. Previous education: The MSc programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in anthropology, sociology, political sciences, medical sciences (health, medicine and biomedical), history and psychology. International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education. For more and up-to date information on our application and admission procedures, please visit our website. Language test: All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. For more information, please visit our website. Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation. Grade average: Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of medical science. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent. Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained. Knowledge minimum: All applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of social sciences evidenced by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 18 EC during previous study. Additional language requirements:Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1IELTS overall band: 6.5IELTS listening: 6IELTS reading: 6IELTS writing: 6IELTS speaking: 6TOEFL paper based: 570TOEFL computer based: 232TOEFL internet based: 90 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Scholarships / Grants:

Neso Indonesia:
StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
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Fulbright/ NAF:
The Fulbright Center is a bi-national, non-profit organization established by international agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It promotes educational co-operation and provides information on study, research and internships in the United States.
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The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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U.S. Department of Education:
Loans are no longer being made under this program. All new loans will be made under the Direct Loan program.
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Students from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website.
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