Master in Anthropology: FAQs

FAQs FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

What is the deadline for applying to your graduate program?

Do you require German?

Are international students required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores? How about Test of Spoken  English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE) scores?

How much is graduate tuition at the University of Leipzig?

What if I don't have a bachelor's degree in Anthropology?

Can I attend the Master's program on a part-time basis?

Where can I find information about faculty research?

Where can I find a list of graduate courses offered?

 

FAQs FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

How long will it take to get my degree? Where do I find the Master's plan of study?

How do I enrol?

When does the study program start?

Does the University provide funding options?

Are there Research/Teaching Assistantships available?

When should I choose a topic for my Master's Thesis?

Need Help?

 

What is the deadline for applying to your graduate program?

May 31st

 

Do you require German?

German is not formally required for the Master's in Anthropology. However, students report that they are more satisfied living in Germany when they have some knowledge of the German language. The University offers German courses for students. Courses with 2 hours per week cost around €50 per semester, and intensive courses cost between €150 and €300 per semester. Please find more details HERE.

 

Are international students required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores? How about Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE) scores?

We request you to submit any prior completed English language tests with your application. Should these not be available, then the applicant's English aptitude will be evaluated during the oral examination by the Institute of Anthropology.


How much is graduate tuition at the University of Leipzig?
There are no tuition fees at the University of Leipzig. However, all students must pay a 'semester fee' at the beginning of each semester. Please refer to the University website for more information on the exact amount of the semester fee, what is included in the fee, deadlines, payment procedures, etc.

 

What if I don't have a bachelor's degree in Anthropology?
You should have prior training in the Social Sciences and be able to demonstrate some knowledge of the discipline of Anthropology as well as express your interest and motivation for completing a Master's in Anthropology.

 

Can I attend the Master's program on a part-time basis?
The structure and workload of the Master's program is developed as a two- year program. Therefore, we recommend an ideal type of scheduled courses. However, one can reschedule the courses according to his/her personal schedule (10 ECT correspond to 300 working credit hours).

 

Where can I find information about faculty research?
Please refer to the Institute of Anthropology website. Partner institutions include the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University Halle (Saale) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale). Transportation to Halle (Saale) is free with the student full-ticket (MDV-Vollticket). Other collaborating institutions include the GRASSI Museum in Leipzig and African Studies, Center for Area Studies, Oriental Studies, India/Tibet/Mongolian Studies, and Global Studies at the University of Leipzig.

 

Where can I find a list of graduate courses offered?
Please refer to the MA Handbook [LINK]

 

How long will it take to get my degree? Where do I find the Master's plan of study?
The Master's program is designed as a two- year program. However, one can reschedule the courses according to his/her personal schedule (10 ECT correspond to 300 working credit hours). Please refer to the Student Handbook for a detailed description of the Master's plan of study and information on elective course options.


How do I enrol?
We require students to register for all classes for which they wish to receive credit. Please register using AlmaWeb.


When does the study program start?
Courses officially start during the second full week in October. However, the University hosts a Welcome Program in September which we highly recommend students to attend.

 

Does the University provide funding options?
Funding is not provided by the University. Students are encouraged to apply for funding individually. For a list of available scholarships please refer to the MA Student Handbook or view the Scholarship Guide for International Students.

 

Are there Research/Teaching Assistantships available?
The Institute of Anthropology generally does not provide research or teaching assistantships. Please contact staff members stating your interests.

 

When should I choose a topic for my Master's Thesis?
Students are encouraged to start meeting with the staff to discuss a theoretical framework and research design for their project during the second semester. However, students have until the end of the third semester to officially submit their application for Master's Thesis.

 

Need Help?
Anytime you have a problem or question and don't know where to get help, you can start by contacting the Student Office (+49 341 97-32003, Goethestraße 6). A list of University contacts is available here. For questions specific to the Master's in Anthropology please contact Annette Halbig (+ 49 341 97 37 220, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

Application Procedures

Admission Requirements:
1. A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or a related discipline
2. Solid proficiency in English (proficiency at level B2 (CEFR)).
3. Successful completion of an Admission test (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung). Admission tests take place during June 2018. We will inform you (via email) about the exact date and time by at least seven days before the Admission week.
4. Central Online Admission (see below, either through AlmaWeb or uniassist).

 

Application Procedure
There are slightly different application procedures, depending on whether you hold a German or non-German passport and whether you graduated from a German or a non-German university.
Deadline: 31 May 2018

German nationals please refer to the German language page for instructions, which you find here.

 

Foreign nationals please follow the two application requirements below:

a) Foreign nationals must additionally apply for admission to the University of Leipzig. The purpose of the application is to establish eligibility for a post-graduate study at a German university. Applicants holding a BA degree from a German university please apply via AlmaWeb. The system is open for applications between 2 May and 31 May 2018. This checklist will help you with the process. Foreign nationals holding a BA degree from a foreign University please apply for admission to the University of Leipzig via uniassist. Applications are accepted between 1 April and 31 May 2018. This checklist will help you with the procedures. Please note that on uniassist, our program is listed as "MA-Ethnologie".

b) Foreign nationals must apply to the Institute of Anthropology for admission to the MA Anthropology. The application procedure is electronic. Please send an email with the following documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : letter of intent to study Anthropology giving your reasons for application to Leipzig, your updated CV with marks, a copy of your graduation certificate and your transcript of records. Please provide proof of English language proficiency if applicable. Applications for the study program starting in October 2018 must reach the institute by 31 May 2018.

 

You will receive an email confirming the reception of your application. After checking your documents we will schedule an oral exam during June 2018. If you live outside Leipzig the exam may be held via phone or Skype. We will ask you to give a 10 minute presentation about an anthropological topic of your choice and then have an informal discussion about your desire to study at Leipzig. The exam will be held in English. The aim of the oral exam is to establish eligibility for the Master's study in Anthropology.

Doctoral Studies

Doctoral Studies at the Department of Anthropology

The Institute of Anthropology offers a structured training programme for candidates pursuing a PhD in Anthropology. This incorporates supervision of individual projects as well as group work for exchange and guidance.

 

Research Project

 Candidates pursue their individual research projects. They are supervised by a member of staff of the Institute. The first year is devoted to writing a formal research proposal, researching and reading relevant literature and necessary language training for upcoming field work. In their second year candidates are expected to carry out 10-16 months of fieldwork. In year three and four PhD students write their thesis chapters and work on possible future publications. During monthly consultations supervisors will provide feedback.

 

Seminar Programme

Candidates will participate in the following collective learning activities

• During a fortnightly Colloquium all PhD candidates meet to critically discuss individual draft chapters.

• Every semester the PhD candidates selects a topic for a fortnightly Reading Classes.

• Each semester the Institute offers a Lecture Series during which distinguished guests present their research.

• Once a semester we hold a Master Class during which candidates get an opportunity to discuss their topics with a distinguished international scholar.

• Candidates are encouraged to apply for Summer Schools on topics related to their thesis.

• The Research Academy Leipzig offers courses in Transferable Skills, such as English language classes, Academic Writing and Publishing, Citavi/Endnote, Advanced Presentation Skills etc.

 

Application - General Information

Please send your Application directly to a suitable supervisor. The website provides information on all members of staff.
The application should contain a three page Project Description and the Curriculum Vitae (with grades BA, MA/Magister). The project description should introduce the topic of the project, its empirial and theoretical aims, summary of current state of debate and methodological considerations.

Click here to follow a five step guide for applicants.
On acceptance, candidates may enroll at the university as PhD students. As members of the University of Leipzig they will have access to the library, student messes, and recieve discount on local transportation, other discounts.
Candidates from non-EU state are required to enroll at the university in order to obtain their student visas.

 

Application to a Research Cluster

Candidates can apply for scholarships in structured PhD programmes (Research clusters). The Institute of Anthropology is a member in the following Graduate Training Programmes:

Global and Area Studies

Religious Non-Conformism and Cultural Dynamics

Cultural Exchange

For applications please follow instructions on the websites of the relevant clusters.

 

Scholarships

The first year may be used by candidates to prepare a scholarship application.

The following databases can help students identify a suitable funding institution Stipendienlotse (BMBF), scholarshipportal.eu and Stipendiensuche.

Overseas applicants who have the approval of a supervisor may also apply tp the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Candidates can apply for advertised positions within structured research training programmes/research clusters.

 

Master in Anthropology

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Profil des Studiengangs

Der Studiengang Master of Arts Ethnologie richtet sich an Interessenten mit erfolgreichem Bachelor-Abschluss in Ethnologie oder einer verwandten Dispziplin. Er bietet eine ethnologische Intensivausbildung mit den Berufszielen: ethnologische Forschung oder Museumsarbeit.

Durch den Masterstudiengang Ethnologie sollen Studierende befähigt werden, kulturelle Differenzen in Zeit und Raum zu verstehen. Durch die Fokussierung auf die beiden Großräume Naher/Mittlerer Osten und Lateinamerika werden diesbezügliche Regionalkenntnisse und Vergleichs-möglichkeiten vermittelt. Fakultativ werden diese in einem sächsischen Völkerkundemuseum (in Verbindung mit der Museologie der HTWK Leipzig) oder in einem Forschungs-projekt des Max-Planck-Institutes für ethnologische Forschung in Halle/Saale oder in einem Auslandsstudium vertieft. Ziel der Ausbildung ist die Berufsqualifikation des Museums-ethnologen oder des empirisch ausgerichteten Fach-ethnologen. Beiden Qualifikationen steht bei entsprechender Neigung und Eignung die Weiterführung des Studiums bis zur Promotion offen.

 

Aufbau des Studiengangs

Der Masterstudiengang Ethnologie gliedert sich in zwei Semester intensive Beschäftigung mit regionaler und systematischer Ethnologie, in ein Semester wahlweise Museumsethnologie, empirische Ethnologie oder einem Auslandssemester sowie ein Semester betreutes Anfertigen einer Abschlussarbeit.

  Modul Nummer LP
PFLICHT Ethnographie des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens I 03-ETH-0101 10
  Ethnographie des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens II 03-ETH-0104 10
  Theoriengeschichte der Ethnologie 03-ETH-0103 10
  Ethnographie Lateinamerikas I 03-ETH-0102 10
  Ethnographie Lateinamerikas II 03-ETH-0105 10
  Methoden und Probleme der heutigen Ethnologie 03-ETH-0106 10
  Absolventenkolloquium 03-ETH-0301 5
    SUMME 65
       

WAHLPFLICHT (drei 10er Module aus 6)

Museumsethnologie I (03-ETH-0201) Museumsethnologie II (03-ETH-0202)

Museologie (03-ETH-0203)

Empirische Ethnologie I (03-ETH-0204)

Empirische Ethnologie II (03-ETH-0205)

Anthropology of Law (03-ETH-0206)

SUMME 30
       
Masterarbeit     25
       
GESAMT     180

 

Bewerbung für den Studiengang

Die Qualifikation für den Master-Studiengang Ethnologie wird nachgewiesen durch:

- einen Bachelor-Abschluss in Ethnologie oder in einer anderen geistes- bzw. kulturwissenschaftlichen Disziplin
- Sprachkenntnisse in Englisch, einer weiteren Wissenschafts-sprache sowie den Nachweis der Beschäftigung mit einer Regionalsprache der gewählten Schwerpunktregion)
- das Bestehen einer Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung. Diese besteht aus einem 30minütigem Gespräch, davon sind 10 Minuten Vortrag (Thema wird vom Bewerber gewählt), 10 Minuten Diskussion (in Englisch), 10 Minuten Austausch über bisherige und künftige Studienschwerpunkte. Die Anmeldung zur Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung erfolgt im Institut für Ethnologie (Eignungsfeststellungsordnung, Informationen der Zentralen Studienberatung).

Anmeldeschluss für die Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung ist der 7. Juni 2013  des laufenden Jahres. Diese findet vom 10.06. bis 14.06.2013 im Institut für Ethnologie statt. Termine sind bitte per Email anzufordern.

Bei Erfüllung der drei aufgeführten Qualifikationen können Sie sich im Studentensekretariat der Universität Leipzig für den Master Ethnologie bewerben.

 

 

 

Overview Bachelor in Anthropology

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Profil des Studiengangs

Der Studiengang Bachelor of Arts steht allen Studierenden offen, die an lokalen Kulturen und deren Vergleich Interesse haben. Das Studium verbindet von Anfang an die Ausbildung in systematischer Ethnologie mit Einführungen in regionale Ethnologie und der Einführung in entsprechende Sprachlandschaften. Die Bereitschaft, sich mit außereuropäischen Sprachen zu befassen gehört zu den Zugangsvoraussetzungen ebenso wie die Neugier auf fremde Lösungen und Verhaltensmuster.

Durch den Bachelorstudiengang Ethnologie werden Studierende in die Kunst des Übersetzens zwischen Kulturen als Deutungssystemen, in das Verständnis fremder Kontexte und in das Denken wie Urteilen in Relationen eingeführt. Weil dieser Zugang nur über die Sprache erfolgen kann, wird dem Erwerb lokal relevanter Verständigungsmittel eine große Bedeutung beigemessen.

Mit dem Bachelor-Abschluß nach 6 Semestern haben Studierende eine fundierte Regionalkompetenz erworben, die für unterschiedlichste Einsatzfelder im nationalen und internationalen Bereich (Dienste, Medien, Politik, Wirtschaft etc.) befähigt. Bei besonderer Begabung und Neigung stehen auch Masterstudiengänge in Ethnologie oder verwandten Fächern offen, ebenso im Anschluß daran entsprechende Promotionsstudiengänge.

 

Aufbau des Studiengangs

Der Bachelorstudiengang Ethnologie besteht aus den beiden Hauptbereichen Systematische Ethnologie und Regionale Ethnologie. Die Systematische Ethnologie umfaßt insgesamt 60 LP. Neben der Fach- und Theoriegeschichte sowie ethnologischen Forschungsmethoden stehen Auseinandersetzungen mit fremden Wirtschaftsformen, Religionen und gesellschaftlichen Strukturen im Mittelpunkt.

Auf dem Gebiet der Regionalen Ethnologie werden Einführungen in zwei Großräume angeboten (Naher und Mittlerer Osten und  Mittel- und Zentralasien ( je 10 LP). Vertiefend setzt dort die sprach- und länderkundliche Ausbildung mit dem Erwerb von mindestens 20 LP an. Der Studierende hat schon vom 1. Semester an die Möglichkeit, sich für  Arabisch, Türkisch, Persisch, Mongolisch, Tibetisch zu entscheiden. Das sind die relevanten Lokal- oder Verkehrssprachen in den zwei Regionalschwerpunkten der Ausbildung.

Zwischen dem 2. und 5. Semester wird ein mindestens vierwöchiges Praktikum in einem Museum oder einer anderen mit Kulturvergleich befaßten außeruniversitären Einrichtung verlangt. Ebenfalls studienbegleitend erfolgt die Abfassung der Bachelor-Arbeit (höchstens 60 Seiten) im Verlauf des 5. und 6. Semesters. Für Praktikum und Bachelor-Arbeit werden jeweils 10 LP vergeben.

Der frei zu gestaltende Wahlbereich umfaßt 60 LP und sollte dazu genutzt werden, die regionalspezifischen Kenntnisse zu erweitern bzw. zu vertiefen.

 

Bewerbung für den Studiengang

Die erforderliche Qualifikation für den Bachelor-Studiengang Ethnologie besteht in der allgemeinen Hochschulreife. Darüber hinaus werden erwartet:

Solide Kenntnisse in Englisch (Sprachkompetenz entsprechend der Stufe B2 des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens bzw. der UNIcert-Stufe II des AKS) sowie Kenntnisse in einer weiteren Wissenschaftssprache (Sprachkompetenz entsprechend Stufe A2 des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens bzw. der UNIcert-Stufe I des AKS).

Bereitschaft zum Erwerb außereuropäischer Sprachen

Vor der Einschreibung wird ein Beratungsgespräch empfohlen.

 

Struktur des Studiengangs [PDF]

 

 

 

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