Our programs and courses

Studies in Social Anthropology provide skills in critical and analytical thinking. What does it mean to be human today? What is the importance of cultural differences in our globalized world? Anthropology deals with the entire range of human social and cultural phenomena in places ranging from corporate boardrooms and think tanks in major cities to rural markets and war zones in the hinterlands of globalisation. Anthropology inquires into the different ways in which societies are organised and how people make sense of the worlds in which they live. In short, anthropology asks what it means to be human.

Basic level

The free standing course “Gender and sexuality” is taught in English. The course provides the students with knowledge of anthropological studies of gender and sexuality. It examines how anthropologists historically have dealt with issues of gender and sexuality, particularly in view of men and women, homosexuality, and by extension, heteronormativity.

Advanced level

Advanced level studies in Social Anthropology provide a solid basis for a professional career as well as further research. You can choose between 2-year master’s programs or advanced level courses. Instruction at the advanced level is in English.

Our master’s programs consist of a number of compulsory courses in theory and method, a wide selection of elective, specialized courses, and a one-term master’s thesis, based on two-three months of fieldwork.


Master’s program in Social Anthropology

The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive education in Social Anthropology. Studies are flexible with elective courses chosen from the Department’s list of advanced level courses, varying from term to term throughout the program. After consultation with and the approval of the Director of Studies, students may also take a few courses in other departments.

Master’s program in Social Anthropology - CREOLE

The program aims to provide a comprehensive education in Social Anthropology with a particular focus on transnational processes, cultural differences and new forms of identity. The program includes an exchange component in which students will spend two terms abroad at one or two of the following collaborating universities: Universität Wien; Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona; National University of Ireland – Maynooth; University of Ljubljana; Université Lumière Lyon 2.

Free standing courses

Subject to availability, it is possible to apply to the courses offered in the Master's programs as free standing courses.

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Meet our students

In this short film Julia Tengblad Söder, Rasmus Canbäck, and Nora Schröter are interviewed. All three are studying social anthropology at Master’s level. Hear them explain why you should choose to study at Stockholm University and about the opportunities available to students in anthropology.

Useful websites for anthropologists

What is anthropology? How can I learn more about anthropological projects around the world? Choose a career in anthropology? What skills will I develop through a degree in anthropology? These two websites will give you the answers.

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How to apply

Learn more about how you apply to our courses and programs. Application deadline: April 15.