Programme Structure – University of Copenhagen

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Programme Structure

The MSc in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen is a two-year programme, which consists of 9 courses, a 16-week fieldwork or internship and a master thesis.

For students enrolled in the Master's Degree of 2013, the programme is structured thus:


 1st/3rd semester

 2nd/4th semester



Field methods with synopsis, 15 ECTS




Field Work, 30 ECTS


Optional Anthropological course, 7,5 ECTS


Optional Anthropological course, 7,5 ECTS




Contemporary Anthropological Theory,







Thesis, 30 ECTS



Athropological Analysis, 7,5 ECTS

Optional Anthropological course, 7,5 ECTS



First year
The purpose of the first year of the MSc in Anthropology is to provide students with advanced-level knowledge about recent anthropological theories within the context of the history of anthropology and scientific theory, and about the potential applications of those theories in empirical research.

The programme also covers anthropological methodology, with a particular focus on critical and reflective positions on the epistemological, ethical and academic implications of methodological choices. Students learn in-depth about project planning, particularly with reference to anthropological fieldwork, and this will form the basis for their thesis work. They also have the opportunity to acquire ethnographic knowledge about the specific location in which the 16-week fieldwork project is to take place.

Second year
The purpose of the second year of the MSc programme is to train students in anthropological analysis, as well as to provide insight into anthropological themes or regions, and therefore provide inspiration for the master's thesis.

Students have the opportunity to choose specific regional or thematic courses that provide them with in-depth knowledge of anthropological fields of research and specific regions' ethnography and regional problems. They are trained to conduct an independent analytical
project of considerable duration in the light of the ethnographic data collated during the fieldwork. The master's thesis will reflect all of the competencies attained during the course of the programme.

Master Degree Profiles
During your master degree in anthropology you have the opportunity to specialize your MSc towards the thematical and/or geographical fields which you find particularly interesting. The optional courses you choose as well as where and how you conduct your fieldwork during your master degree will determine the specialization of your MSc degree.

At the department of Anthropology you can, amongst others, specialize in business anthropology, political anthropology, medical anthropology, migration and anthropology of the environment. You can create your own profile or combine several.


Course Descriptions:

Read more on the rules and regulations for the MSc in the Curriculum (pdf):