Degree Programs

Study programs are listed under their official names (usually in German, English in some cases) titles on the left. WS/SS indicates whether the program commences in the winter or summer semester.

Ethnologie/Social and Cultural Anthropology - Master

Key data

Philosophische Fakultät
Target degree


Restriction on admission


Regular duration of study

4 semester

Admission semester


Degree type


Language of instruction

English only

The M.A. in “Social and Cultural Anthropology” is an international research-oriented two-year study program.
It provides in-depth knowledge of the social and cultural variation in the world, and teaches students an understanding of the similarities between social systems and human relationships.
Our courses aim to create an understanding of the interrelationships between different aspects of society and therefore cover a wide range of topics such as religion, migration and integration, economic and political organization, health and illness, ritual and performance, violence and memory, patterns of exchange, kinship and solidarity, and socio-cultural diversity.
Students spend their third semester either engaging in a research project or working as an intern in an organization, for example, an NGO, a school or a museum.
The ability to critically analyze and reflect on the dynamics and specificity of societies and cultures in a global context constitutes the core principle underlying this program.
Students learn to understand both connections within societies and connections between societies. A detailed study of local life in a particular society or a delineated social environments the methodological entrance to such an in-depth understanding.

Curriculum content

Students attend courses on regional, theoretical and thematic topics and have an opportunity to get training in the field of Applied Anthropology. In the third semester students go abroad to either Central or South Asia where they conduct a research project or work as an intern in an organization. We have contacts in the region and can help students to organize their stay abroad. We have cooperation agreements with Universities in Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Collaboration with the Institutes of Slavic Studies, Indology and Islamic and Oriental Studies provides additional depth and strength to our teaching and supervision. The regional focus on South and Central Asia is complemented by research and courses on Africa and the Middle East. The anthropological library of the University of Tuebingen offers access to a wide range of sources and research literature to facilitate high quality teaching and research. The degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology offers a variety of employment perspectives. The program aims at linking theoretical and practical knowledge in order to enable students to work in different professional fields such as: museums and cultural institutions, development agencies, health organizations, intercultural mediation, international organizations, education, business, international relations.

The program runs for two years. It commences each winter semester.

Dieser Masterstudiengang ist formal zulassungsfrei. Es ist jedoch eine fristgerechte Bewerbung über das Online-Bewerbungsportal der Universität Tübingen notwendig, auf deren Grundlage die Studiengangskoordinatoren prüfen, ob die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen (siehe unten) erfüllt sind.

Selection procedure

For the Master program there are no special requirements for admission. What is needed is an application via the Online Application Portal

Erfolgreich abgeschlossenes grundständiges Studium.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to demonstrate that they meet the academic requirements for admission to the M.A. Program. This usually means a B.A.-degree in Social and/or Cultural Anthropology. Students may be expected to take extra courses to obtain any skills lacking from their Bachelor's program. Since all courses are offered in English, applicants must have successfully passed the Cambridge Certificate Test B2.

Tübingen verfügt über eine herausragende ethnologische Bibliothek, die vor allem Literatur zu den inhaltlichen und regionalen Schwerpunkten der Abteilung enthält.

Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa

Burgsteige 11 - Schloss Hohentübingen
72070 Tübingen

Telefon 07071 29 72402

Email: ethnologiespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Hier finden Sie alle Beratungsangebote der Ethnologie

Die Prüfungsverwaltung erfolgt durch das Zentrale Prüfungsamt der Universität Tübingen

Hier finden Sie die Ansprechpartner mit ihren Kontaktdaten

Im Bereich der Ethnologie sind im Wintersemester 2018/2019 für alle Abschlüsse rund 420 Studenten eingeschrieben.