Auf einen Blick

  • Studienrichtung

    Geschichte, Kunst- und Regionalwissenschaften, Geistes- und Sprachwissenschaften
  • Studientyp

  • Abschluss

    Master of Arts
  • Lehrsprache

  • Studienform

    Teilzeit, Vollzeit
  • Studienbeginn

  • Zulassungsbeschränkung

    zulassungsfrei, Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung
  • Regelstudienzeit

    4 Semester

  • Leistungspunkte



  • The general pre-requisite for entering the program is a degree from a higher education institution, usually via the completion of a bachelor program with a standard study period of six semesters.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or a related discipline
  • Solid proficiency in English (proficiency at level B2 (CEFR))
  • knowledge of another language at level B1 (CEFR)

Successful completion of an Aptitude test (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung). Enrolment is conditional on the student passing the admission interview. More information is available at the institute’s webpage.


The Institute of Anthropology in Leipzig offers a Master's (Master of Arts) degree program to students who have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or a related discipline, and who want to further deepen their understanding and develop their academic skills. The MA in Anthropology is a two year program with a strong research orientation. Classes are taught in English.

Current Debates in Anthropology

The seminar deals with contemporary debates in anthropology. This is a split module, which includes a writing workshop and a seminar. In the seminar, students deepen their knowledge on core discussions in the discipline through the in-depth reading and discussion of current publications. The topics cover debates about nature/culture, global /local, current forms of capitalism, war/peace, body/race, materiality and legal pluralism. Students will present on a topic of choice in the form of an oral presentation. In the writing workshop students will analyze their BA work, develop core theses, and write a term paper in the form of a journal article.

Examination: Home assignment in the form of a journal article based on the student's own BA thesis.

Culture and Technology

The module introduces students to current academic debates on the cultural relevance of technology. We will reflect on social dynamics in case studies from various countries, especially those of the global South. We discuss hopes and fears, which people associate with the introduction of new technologies, and consider specific social experiences in dealing with new techniques and technologies. Relevant conceptual approaches are the Actor Network Theory and others from anthropology, media sociology, science and technology studies, etc. Students will write a term paper to conclude the module.

Examination: Home assignment.

Advanced Methods in Research

The seminar introduces students to current debates on anthropological research methods and trains their skills to develop a project, plan its implementation, select appropriate research methods and – if they wish – apply for funding for a field study. Students will reflect views of controversial discussions in the discipline in their own projects. Topics include: the writing culture debate, field research as dialogue, reflexive anthropology, multi-sited ethnography, media ethnography, gender and field research. Students work on their project designs. They reflect on their projects and discuss relevant literature and appropriate methods for their implementation.

Examination: Research project proposal.

Anthropology and Communication

The seminar deals with forms of public communication. Firstly, students analyze the content of films, other visual media or the internet. We will consider the way people relate to exhibitions or communicate about travel experiences and reflect on the role of these media in anthropology. Secondly, students will develop their own projects for public communication, e.g. in the form of an installation in the museum, redesign parts of the Institute's website, develop information brochures for the general public, produce a radio program, etc. Students will reflect on their practical work in a written essay.

Examination: Essay.

Students of the MA Anthropology train advanced research skills. They are well prepared to undertake a PhD or work in the cultural sector, such as museums or NGOs. Students of anthropology also seek employment in the media as journalists or filmmakers. They are well trained to work in marketing research, institutional analysis or the development sector. We recommend that students gain additional professional experience and build networks through internships.


Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
Zulassungsbeschränkt (NCU): nein
Bewerbungsfrist: 02.05.-15.09.
Bewerbungsportal: AlmaWeb

Beachten Sie unbedingt unsere weiteren Informationen auf den Seiten "Online-Bewerbung" und "Bewerbung für ein Masterstudium".

Internationale Studierende finden Informationen zu den Bewerbungsfristen und zum Bewerbungsverfahren auf der Seite "International".

Studienangebot im Wintersemester: 3. FS - zulassungsfrei
Studienangebot im Sommersemester: 2. FS und 4. FS - jeweils zulassungsfrei
Bewerbungsfrist: 02.05.-15.09. für Wintersemester; 01.12.-15.03. für Sommersemester
Bewerbungsportal: AlmaWeb
besondere Immatrikulationsvoraussetzungen: Anrechnungsbescheid

Weiterführende Informationen finden Sie auf unserer Seite "Bewerbung für höhere Fachsemester".

Internationale Studierende finden Informationen zu den Bewerbungsfristen und zum Bewerbungsverfahren auf der Seite "International".

Für das 1. Fachsemester dieses Studienganges ist eine Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung erforderlich. Bitte informieren Sie sich auf der Webseite des Institutes über das Anmeldeverfahren zur Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung und die dafür geltenden gesonderten Fristen! Die Bewerbung für den Studiengang muss unabhängig von der Anmeldung zur Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung erfolgen.


Pflichtcurriculum in englischer Sprache