Social Anthropology

Area of Studies: Social Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Mode of Studies: Full-time studies
Length of Programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master in Anthropology

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Access Requirements

The prospective students are expected to hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent in the fields of Social Sciences or Humanities.

Unique Features

Master in Social Anthropology, the first anthropology program launched in the Baltic States, gives you the opportunity to become an expert in cross-cultural analysis and a mediator of socio-cultural encounters.

Certificate in Intercultural Understanding (Southern Illinois University, USA)

An international cooperation between VMU and Southern Illinois University (SIU) offers an op­portunity for MA in Social Anthropology students to attain the SIU Certificate in Intercultural Understanding. Students may complete the 24 ECTS credits of the Module of Study in Intercul­tural Understanding offered by the Department of Anthropology, SIU, by taking a total of four courses given at VMU campus as part of their degree studies. The Certificate from SIU is issued alongside their Master degree from VMU.

Competencies Acquired

The MA Degree in Social Anthropology will enable the student to:

  • carry out empirical research based on qualitative methodology, applying participant observation and other anthropological fieldwork methods;
  • design and conduct research on socio-cultural encounters between different global, transnational, national, regional and local development perspectives, majority and minority interests in conditions of social change, social mobility, and multiculturalism;
  • address, both politically and practically, problems arising from socio-cultural differences as well as monitor stigmatized and/or marginalized and other segregated groups representing the interests of these groups in intercultural mediation;
  • mediate in the fields of national and international cooperation by developing strategies and programmes for the implementation of sustainable development in education, public health, culture, ethnic relations, environment and cultural heritage management.

Career Opportunities

This Programme is primarily geared towards the student who plans to continue her/his graduate studies towards a Ph.D. in Anthropology or in Sociology (available at VMU at the Doctoral School in Sociology) or seeks career advancement in either private or public sectors in human resource development, international business, cultural resource management or work within various organizations as well as international, state and local governmental agencies, etc.

Career opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Project planner and manager;
  • Public policy researcher;
  • Cultural resources manager;
  • Cultural sustainability analyst;
  • Anthropological consultant to cross-cultural agencies;
  • Urban and rural development advisor;
  • Public health advisor;
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable development consultant;
  • Migration, refugee and ethnic minority problems’ analyst;
  • International (cultural, educational, public health, defense) organizations and nongovernmental agencies consultant.

Application Procedure

Detailed information on required documents, legalization of documents, application deadlines, tuition fees etc. is provided in the section “Addmission to MA”.


Subject Code Credits
Compulsory subjects (6)
Contemporary Theories in Sociocultural Anthropology SAT 5001 6
Research Methods in Social Anthropology SAT 5002 6
Ethnicity, Migration, Politics of Identity SAT 5021 6
Anthropology of State SAT 5023 6
Social and Cultural Identity SAT 5020 6
Anthropology of Socialism and Post-Socialism SAT 6004 6
Optional Subjects (7)
Political Anthropology of Contemporary Society SAT 5003 6
Visual Anthropology SAT 5006 6
Area Studies in Anthropology SAT 5015 6
Medical Sociology and Anthropology SAT 5017 6
Economic Anthropology SAT 5018 6
Cognitive Anthropology SAT 5022 6
Anthropology of Globalisation and Antiglobalism SAT 5027 6
Religion, Culture and the State SAT 5028 6
Applied Anthropology SAT 6001 6
Sociology and Anthropology of Gender SOC 5004 6
Sociology of Civil Society SOC 6009 6
Special Course 1 SAT 5029 6
Special Course 2 SAT 5030 6
Research Projects (2)
Research Project Design SAT 5026 6
Anthropological Fieldwork SAT 6005 6
Master Paper
Master Thesis in Social Anthropology 30