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? In short, anthropology asks what it means to be human.

You can now apply for our programs starting autumn 2018. Application deadline is January 15 or mid-April 2018 (please note that applicants who need a residence permit are encouraged to apply in the first admission round to allow enough time to apply for and receive a residence permit before the start of the semester). You apply through

QS Rankings put anthropology at Stockholm University as number one in Sweden

When the “QS world university rankings by subject” were announced for 2017, Anthropology at Stockholm University was listed in the top 100 in the world and also rated best in Sweden.

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Photo: Siri Schwabe


Our master’s programs

The master’s programs reflect the Department’s commitment to understanding people, ideas, and objects in situ, and how they travel across political and cultural borders, challenging, reinforcing or redrawing them in the process. Studies are flexible and the programs offer a range of courses that reflects the Department’s research interests.

Advanced level studies in Social Anthropology provide a solid basis for a professional career as well as further research. You can choose between two 2-year master’s programs. In addition, the Department offers the International Master’s Program in Environmental Social Science – a collaboration between three departments at Stockholm University.

All programs are taught in English.

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

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.


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Photo: Fernando Jaramillo


International Master’s Program in Environmental Social Science

Environmental social science is the interdisciplinary study of what governs people’s behaviour, beliefs and ways of organising themselves in relation to the natural environment. It focuses on understanding the social processes that either lead to environmental change or are a reaction or adaptation to such change.

The program is a collaboration between the Department of Social Anthropology, the Department of Political Science (host) and the Department of Human Geography.

International Master's Program in Environmental Social Science

FAQ for students

Q: What are the requirements for applying to your master’s programs?

A: To apply for the master’s program you must have a BA in Social Anthropology or equivalent in the Social or Cultural Sciences, and proof of English language competence (see

To apply for the exchange program Creole you must have a BA in Social Anthropology, and proof of English language competence (see


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Photo: Tania González

Q: What do I need to submit with my application to your master’s programs?

A: Follow all the instructions at the central admissions website and submit all necessary documents through the central admission. Applicants that meet all formal requirements of the central admissions will be forwarded for assessment at the Department of Social Anthropology. Here applicants are assessed, in competition with other applicants, according to a compiled judgment of one or more of the following factors:

  • grades from higher education,
  • the quality/area of the Bachelor thesis,
  • relevant work and/or research experience,
  • personal motivational letter,
  • and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the program/course applied for.

During the past few years the factors of most importance have been grades from higher education, the quality/area of the Bachelor thesis and the relevance of previous studies.

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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.

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Term dates

Autumn 2018

September 3, 2018 to January 20, 2019.

Spring 2019

January 21, 2019 to June 9, 2019.