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. Visit for a complete guide to our courses and programs.

You can now apply for our programs starting autumn 2019. Application deadline is January 15 2019 (first admission round) or mid-April 2019 (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


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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: Master’s program in Social Anthropology and the International Master’s Program in Environmental Social Science – a collaboration between three departments at Stockholm University.

Both 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

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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


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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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Term dates

Autumn 2019

September 2, 2019 to January 19, 2020.

Spring 2020

January 20, 2020 to June 7, 2020.