The MSc in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen is a two-year programme taught in English. The aim of the Master's Programme in Anthropology is to provide a theoretical further education with thematic and regional specialisation, as well as experience in research methodology (e.g. data acquisition and cultural description and analysis). The MSc in Anthropology culminates in a thesis, material for which is collated through fieldwork.
Profile and Career
The MSc programme endows students with comprehensive regional, methodological, theoretical and analytical competencies. A Master of Anthropology is able to formulate
field- and research questions, select relevant anthropological methods for the collation of data, conduct empirical research, and select and incorporate relevant theory in the analysis of empirical material. They are able to structure the collected material and communicate their analytical results clearly and precisely. Having honed their ability to plan, conduct and communicate research, a Master of Anthropology is able to contribute to research, project and communications work dealing with the social and cultural aspect of human life.
The MSc programme provides students the competencies to interpret local, regional and global cultural practices. When faced with complex and unpredictable situations, a Master of Anthropology has the ability to analyze different parties' perspectives and the rationales behind their actions. These competencies make it possible for graduates to shed new light on chronic or intractable problems, leading to new and more sustainable approaches within a given field.
Today anthropologists work in the public as well as the private sector. The following is a list of some of the career opportunities available for anthropologists:
The MSc in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen is a two-year programme, which consists of 9 courses, a 16-week fieldwork or internship and a master thesis.
Field Work, 30 ECTS
The purpose of the first year of the MSc in Anthropology is to provide students with advanced-level knowledge about recent anthropological theories within the context of the history of anthropology and scientific theory, and about the potential applications of those theories in empirical research.
The programme also covers anthropological methodology, with a particular focus on critical and reflective positions on the epistemological, ethical and academic implications of methodological choices. Students learn in-depth about project planning, particularly with reference to anthropological fieldwork, and this will form the basis for their thesis work. They also have the opportunity to acquire ethnographic knowledge about the specific location in which the 16-week fieldwork project is to take place.
The purpose of the second year of the MSc programme is to train students in anthropological analysis, as well as to provide insight into anthropological themes or regions, and therefore provide inspiration for the master's thesis.
Students have the opportunity to choose specific regional or thematic courses that provide them with in-depth knowledge of anthropological fields of research and specific regions' ethnography and regional problems. They are trained to conduct an independent analytical project of considerable duration in the light of the ethnographic data collated during the fieldwork. The master's thesis will reflect all of the competencies attained during the course of the programme.
Master Degree Profiles
During your master degree in anthropology you have the opportunity to specialize your MSc towards the thematical and/or geographical fields which you find particularly interesting. The optional courses you choose as well as where and how you conduct your fieldwork during your master degree will determine the specialization of your MSc degree.
At the department of Anthropology you can, amongst others, specialize in business anthropology, political anthropology, medical anthropology, migration and anthropology of the environment. You can create your own profile or combine several.