Anthropology and Sociology – Master of Arts

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Graduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

Our Master's Programme in Anthropology and Sociology brings together core elements from both disciplines in a research-oriented study programme that focuses on contemporary social issues and problems. The anthropological part of the programme focuses on non-Western cultures and societies, enabling us to critically reflect on our own society; the sociological part contributes important theoretical and methodological impulses. The combination of the two disciplines allows interrelating and assessing ongoing debates in both disciplines. It also opens up new perspectives so that you will be able to develop innovative research questions and trajectories.

Overview

DegreeMaster of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period2.5. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
ECTS120

Why study Anthropology and Sociology at Konstanz?

… because of the study programme's …

  • combination of anthropological and sociological perspectives;
  • theoretically and methodically innovative curriculum;
  • international and comparative approach to societies with regional emphases on Europe, Africa and Asia;
  • strong emphasis on research;
  • excellent supervision and staff-student ratio;
  • ideal foundations for a possible doctorate after the MA programme.

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Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Following your graduation you have various career opportunities, for the

most part because of the comparative, international and research-based

approach of this study programme. Career opportunities can include jobs

in:

  • cultural, media and educational institutions;
  • project development and project management in multicultural contexts;
  • national and international migration and refugee work;
  • intercultural consulting for organisations and in political institutions;
  • private enterprises that require intercultural competencies;
  • counselling, supervising, monitoring and evaluating intercultural projects.

If

you prefer to opt for research and teaching you also have the option of

following up your master’s degree with doctoral studies.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

An exemplary course of studies can be found here in this table (in German).


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad

Internships

An internship is not mandatory. The Internship Office of your department or our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • Interest in one’s own and non-Western societies.
  • Independent thinking and structured approach to work.
  • Willingness to read intensely and widely.
  • Good English skills

Language skills

You do not have to document any additional foreign language skills.

German language skills: International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German. Some courses are taught in English. Course work can also be completed in English.

Admission requirements

  • Above-average degree (minimum degree: Bachelor of Arts or equivalent) with the grade "good" (2.5) or better of a three-year (or more) study programme in a subject related to the two disciplines involved in the Master's Programme at a state or state-accredited institution of higher education. Our selection committee decides whether you meet the requirements stated above.
  • A letter of motivation (two DIN A4 pages or more) stating why you are interested in the Master's Programme Anthropology and Sociology as well as your expectations and professional ambitions in future. This letter can also be written in English.
  • If you have not yet completed your BA degree by the end of the application deadline, please attach the official documentation of all your academic achievements so far as well as your current average grade.


For details, please see the admission regulations.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.

Application

There are admission restrictions for this study programme.

An application is possible during the following period: 2.5. - 15.7. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

Application

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