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Master of Arts "Ethnology"


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The University of Freiburg offers a consecutive degree in Social Anthropology aimed at students with a degree in the Social and Cultural Sciences. 


The Master's degree "Ethnologie" (Social and Cultural Anthropology) is a research-oriented programme. This implies that students will enhance and deepen their ethnographic and theoretical knowledge by means of self-directed and theoretically-led research. In studies concerning cultures and intercultural dynamics, the worldviews and identity constructions, social as well as economic and political systems, ecological aspects, ways of thinking, behaviour and representation, provide the main focus of enquiry. Through study of anthropological research in the global world, including skills associated with cultural and transcultural expertise, it is our aim to provide the student with thorough and relevant qualifications for the future. The aim of this degree is for students to acquire the ability to act independently in different regions of the world within various fields of work and scientific scopes. Students are encouraged to develop methodological and analytical skills, and to employ ethnographic knowledge, cultural sensitivity and intercultural techniques of discourse as well as practical and strategic modes of behaviour in their research. Special attention is given to the personal study project, which counts towards part of the degree. It is to be carried out by the students and will allow them to establish their own priorities and develop an individual academic and/or vocational profile. Other practical experience can be acquired by taking part in guided field research exercises and current research projects.

The M.A. program "Ethnologie" (Social and Cultural Anthropology) covers a wide contentual spectrum and is well connected. In addition to in-depth studies at our institute, you have the opportunity to attend courses at the "BaWü-Verbund" (i.e. in Heidelberg, Konstanz and Tübingen) or take part in the "European Campus Seminars" in cooperation with Basel. Besides, you can benefit from the participation of ethnology in various interdisciplinary master's programs in Freiburg (Global Studies Program, Interdisciplinary Anthropology, Gender Studies etc.).

The Freiburg Institute of Ethnology is also founder of the network "Ethnologie und Praxisbezug" (Ethnology and Practical Relevance) which cooperates with different institutions in which ethnologists are active, so that "Tandem Seminars" with representatives from professional practice can be offered regularly.



Please address all administrative questions regarding the course of studies, the recognition of achievements etc. to the course coordinator (for MA) JunProf. PD Dr. Anna Meiser:


Anna Meiser


For more informal questions about the institute, the teaching program, possibilities for implementing your own research ideas, cooperation and networking with professional practice or living and studying in Freiburg, please contact the student contact Liz:




Information regarding application and admission you can find here (German only): Zulassungsordnung. 

The application deadline for the winter semester 2021/2022 is 15th September 2021. Up-to-date information will be shared here or under

Applications for the winter semester 2021/2022 are now possible. Please apply as early as possible via the application portal ( We will strive to inform you soon about the decision of the admission committee.


Information Days on the M.A. Programme 

We regularly offer (digital) information days on the M.A. program "Ethnology" (Social and Cultural Anthropology) in Freiburg. The last one took place on Friday, 4th June 2021.

Information days offer the possibility to talk to lecturers and students about the teaching program and possibilities to implement your own research ideas, as well as to inform yourself about cooperations of the institute and networks to professional practice. At the same time, you can gain first insights into living and studying in Freiburg.

We warmly invite everyone interested and will inform you once we have set a date for the next event. Stay tuned!

If you have any question, feel free to contact .