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Programme overview

The Master of Science in Social Anthropology SASAN

The Master of Science in Social Anthropology will provide you with a strongly research-based Master’s degree. The programme combines deep subject knowledge with broadened perspectives and links with wider society. The MSc in Social Anthropology applies deep and broad perspec­tives to an understanding of social communities and culture as a coherent whole.

The programme provides specialisation in the scholarly approach that is fundamental for students aiming to pursue PhD studies but which is also of considerable value for ad­vanced work as a policy or operational officer in organisa­tions and activities at different levels.

Furthermore, the programme will provide you with broadened theoretical perspectives, expanded knowledge of qualitative methodology, skills to adapt to a changing working life and the ability to contribute to development in so­ciety and working life.


Broad and specialised knowledge of social anthropology

As a student in the programme you will acquire:

  • knowledge and understanding in social anthropology, in­cluding both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as specialised insight into current research and devel­opment work
  • specialised knowledge of research methods in social an­thropology
  • the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowl­edge, and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information
  • the ability to identify and formulate research questions critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the forma­tion of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • the skills required for participation in research and devel­opment work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity

Career prospects

The programme provides you with both the background knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in a broad range of fields including governmental, non-govern­mental and the private sector.

You will be prepared for a future career as a policy maker, a leader or a practitioner working in government agencies, private companies or NGOs, or alternatively, for doctoral studies and a continued academic career.

Programme modules/courses

Read more about the content and the Structure of the programme


Admission & application

Please see the page Entry requirements and how to apply




Department of Sociology
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund
Postal address: Box 114 , SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN
Telephone: Student Office +46 46-222 88 44, Lund University Switchboard +46 46-222 00 00

Faculty of Social Sciences