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Master's Programme in Social Anthropology

The Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University is a world-leading research institution that provides a global and comparative perspective on the diversity of social and cultural forms of the contemporary world.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2023

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from your department

On this page you will shortly find information on registration, learning platform, etc.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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The master’s programme reflects the Department’s commitment to understanding people, ideas, and objects in situ, and how they travel across political and cultural borders, challenging, reinforcing or redrawing them in the process.

The program offers a range of courses that reflects the Department’s research interests. It is also possible, by agreement, to choose courses from other departments to tailor an individual specialization.

The first year of the programme provides students with an in-depth understanding of current anthropology and its historical roots. Both general and specialized courses give students support in creating a theoretical and thematical frame for the upcoming thesis work. Teaching is set at the department itself and focuses on continual production of text and seminar discussions apart from ordinary lectures.

The second year is of a more practical orientation where students develop their individual research projects. The first semester includes a methods course alongside an individual tutorial as well as 10 weeks dedicated to fieldwork in Sweden or abroad. The second semester is dedicated to writing the master’s thesis. 

The group of students in the master’s programme is normally around 20-25 students from Sweden and abroad with a background in anthropology or similar academic subjects.

If you are not a citizen of Sweden or another EU/EES country or have a residence permit in Sweden or another EU/EES country please make sure to apply to the master’s programme in the first round of admissions with a deadline in mid-January in order to get a residence permit in time for the start of the autumn semester.