Introduction to the M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen

Social and Cultural Anthropology

The Master's program in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen offers students an advanced understanding of cultures and societies. The regional focus of this program is on Central Asia and South Asia and core topics include religion, economic and political organization, health and illness, patterns of exchange, kinship and solidarity, and socio-cultural diversity. The program consists of seminars focusing on anthropological theories and methods, as well as on regional topics and languages. Students spend their third semester either engaging in a research project or working as an intern in an organization. This M.A. program enables students to develop an understanding of the complexities of other peoples' life-worlds in order to be able to use this knowledge in both academic and applied fields.




The Social and Cultural Anthropology M. A.
Program at the University of Tübingen
teaches intercultural competence and provides
students with a thorough knowledge of
South and Central Asia

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 Tübingen 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

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.

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


1. Semester

Theoretical Approaches

Research Methods
Theories of Culture and Society
2. Semester
South and Central Asia
Immersion Module
Project Preparation Module
3. Semester
Research Project or Internship
4. Semester

Examination Module