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Master's Programme in Social Anthropology

  • 120 credits

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 2020

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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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 program 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. Studies are flexible and the program offrs 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. Compulsory courses are e.g. History and Philosophy of Anthropological Theory, and Anthropological Methods. The methods course teaches fieldwork skills and has a strong practical orientation. Students also take part in the “Writing Anthropology Workshop” which runs throughout their first year of study. During the second year, students formulate an independent research project and carry out long-term fieldwork in Sweden or abroad before writing their thesis.

  • Programme overview

    Year 1

    Autumn term

    Course 1 (15 hp): SAM225 History and Philosophy of Anthropological Theory

    Schedule (256 Kb)  Course plan  Course literature (309 Kb)  

    Course 2 (15 hp): SAM226 Key Themes in Contemporary Anthropology

    Schedule (106 Kb)  Course plan  Course literature (312 Kb)


    Spring term

    Course 1 (7.5 hp): SAM210 Transnational migration Course plan

    Course 2 (7.5 hp): SAM215 Digital Anthropology  Course plan (16 Kb)   Course literature (564 Kb)

    Course 3 (7.5 hp): SAM250 Political Matters Course plan Course Literature

    Course 4 (7.5 hp): SAM223 Environmental anthropology Course plan  Course literature (330 Kb)

    During all term: Writing Anthropology Workshop   Course information (633 Kb)

    Year 2

    Autumn term

    Course 1 and 2 (half-time courses 7.5 hp each):

    SAM214 Individual tutorial Course plan and

    SAM203 Social Antropological Method  Schedule (23 Kb)  Course Plan  Course Literature (559 Kb)

    Course 3 (15 hp): SAM219 Anthropological fieldwork Course plan


    Spring term

    SAM212 Master thesis

  • More information

    Course litterature

    To be updated

  • Contact

    Stockholms universitet
    Department of Social Anthropology
    10691  STOCKHOLM
    Phone 08-162000

    Visiting address: Universitetsvägen 10B, floor 6

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