Profile and Career - MSc in Anthropology – University of Copenhagen

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Profile and Career

The MSc degree programme provides students with knowledge about anthropological theories within the context of the history of anthropology and scientific theory. Furthermore, it addresses the theories' potential practical applications in empirical research. In addition, the MSc degree programme covers anthropological methodology, with a particular focus on the ability to adopt critical and reflective positions on the epistemological, ethical and academic implications of methodological choices within a given field of study.

Students may select specific regional and/or thematic courses that provide in-depth knowledge of anthropological fields of research, the ethnography of particular regions and regional issues.

The coursework is designed to ensure that students gain in-depth knowledge of anthropological project planning, with particular focus on anthropological fieldwork that will form the basis for his/her master's thesis. Particular emphasis is placed upon acquiring ethnographic knowledge about the specific area in which the fieldwork is to take place, selecting relevant methodology and gaining theoretical insight related to the thesis.

The MSc degree programme endows students with comprehensive regional, methodological, theoretical and analytical competencies. An MSc graduate able to formulate field and research questions, select relevant anthropological methods for the collation of data, conduct empirical research, and select and incorporate relevant theory in the analysis of empirical material. They are able to structure the collected material and communicate their analytical results clearly and precisely. Having honed their ability to plan, conduct and communicate research, an MSc graduate is able to contribute to research and project and communications work dealing with the social and cultural aspect of human life.

The MSc degree programme provides students with the competencies to interpret local, regional and global cultural practices. When faced with complex and unpredictable situations, a MSc graduate has the ability to analyze different parties' perspectives and the rationales behind their actions. These competencies make it possible for graduates to shed new light on chronic or intractable problems, leading to new and more sustainable approaches within a given field.

Career Opportunities

Anthropologists typically work in positions where they can use their analytical skills, coordination skills, and their ability to detect how procedures develop in the workplace. As an anthropologist, you have a sharp sense of what is important to people; therefore, anthropologists often work as consultants, coordinators, project leaders or office managers with responsibility for projects. Some continue in the academic world as PhD students, teachers, etc. What all anthropologists have in common, however, is their strong analytical skills and ability to respond to work procedures.

The following is a list of some of the career opportunities available for anthropologists:

  • Consulting work and project work, including qualitative studies, analysis, project leadership, planning and evaluation in both the private and public sectors
  • Integration-related work for municipalities and for NGO’s
  • Product and market development and management
  • User-driven innovation for private firms and municipalities
  • Teaching and outreach at universities, municipal primary and lower secondary school, museums or at newspapers
  • Intercultural communication in international companies and organisations
  • Development work in Denmark and abroad
  • Research

Competence Description

  • You will be equipped with a strong foundation anthropology
  • You will acquire the knowledge required to apply anthropological methods
  • You will acquire the skills to evaluate the suitability of methods in relation to a given project including its ethical considerations
  • You will develop the ability to independently plan and carry out a major anthropological research project, and to collate and analyse complex empirical material collected.
  • You will develop the ability to relate critically to your methodological and theoretical choices and are able to critically evaluate the field-conditions that may influence data-generation.
  • You will develop the ability to adopt an open approach to the solution of a given problem, and can adapt formulations of the problem and develop new methods where appropriate.
  • You will learn to structure and communicate your research related arguments in a professional and competitive manner.

Read about the programme structure.