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Anthropology and Development Studies

Radboud University

Master Postgraduate Nijmegen

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary The programme in Anthropology & Development creates an in-depth understanding of the most relevant current local and global issues concerning social and cultural anthropology and development science.
Course description This unique Master's programme, which is at the cutting edge of both social and cultural anthropology and development studies, includes knowledge derived from sociology, political science, economics and geography. Using a multidisciplinary perspective you will be encouraged to go deeper into the most relevant current local and global issues, including poverty, health, mobility, environment, inequality, multiculturalism and transnational networks. It is a study designed for those who want to break with traditional paradigms. Graduates work as policymakers, advisors or officers for organisation dealing with development cooperation, integration of ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers. This programme will prepare you for a wide array of jobs. From policy officer in the public sector or at (international) aid organisations to consultant at an engineering or consultancy firm. This programme was recently rated number one in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).
Study subjects The Master's programme in Anthropology and Development Studies is taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences. It has a course load of 60 EC* (one-year). A new set-up for this programme is being development for the academic year 2016-2017. In general the programme will be as follows: 15 EC Field research 6 EC Theme courses 9 EC Methodology courses 6 EC Theory courses 6 EC Research Design 3 EC Research Writing 15 EC Thesis
Course objectives The programme offers a comprehensive and coherent insight into the anthropology of mobility and trains graduates in the methodological apparatus to study contemporary issues of movement and migration ethnographically. Furthermore, the programme is centred around central themes such as globalisation processes, dynamics of global/local linkages, of in- and exclusion and of inequalities. Students are encouraged to use a multidisciplinary approach.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture, literature study, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, tutorial
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Faculty of Social Sciences
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Admission requirements
  1. A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in Development studies, Cultural Anthropology or non-Western Sociology. Other disciplines in consulting with the student advisor.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL internet based 90
TOEFL paper based 575
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 1 May 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083n.a.n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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