Official Master's Degree in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention


The 2019/20 course will not offer the specialisation in Transnational Spaces and Relations.

Anthropology studies cultural diversity in all its complexity. Anthropologists intend to understand how humans live in society as well as the cultural, political and economic practices that characterize them. Anthropology is nowadays an indispensable tool for understanding a wide variety of issues such as migration and transnational relations, development, education, consumption, poverty and marginalisation, health, procreation and gender relations, as well as the relationship that humans have with space and the environment, among others.

The master's degree in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention provides training in ethnographic research and intervention in intercultural contexts through the following programme:

  • Two common modules, of 15 and 12 ECTS credits respectively, to be taken by all students of the master's degree: Socio-Anthropological Research and Intervention Perspectives and Research Seminar.
  • Three specialisations of 21 ECTS credits each. All those taking this master's degree must opt for one of these: ethnographic and cross-cultural research (research), socio-cultural and socio-environmental intervention (professional), and transnational spaces and relations (research).

In this way, the master's degree in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention provides the necessary ethnographic content and methods, within a framework of transcultural comparison, to obtain reliable information on different populations and to identify and act on the key factors in the inter-ethnic relationships established.

The master's degree equips its students with the specific skills and tools they need to respond to demands for analysis, research and professionalisation in social and cultural anthropology. As the title of the master's degree indicates, the programme focuses on contemporary social issues from critical perspectives that attend to complexity and pursue justice, cohesion and social inclusion.

Therefore, this master's degree is aimed at students with a background in social sciences or humanities, and to graduates in any discipline with an interest in culture, transcultural comparison, social intervention and intercultural relations.

Students joining the master's degree in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention must be able to reflect on discourses, tendencies and practices that directly influence the sociocultural environment. Given the nature of ethnographic research, students must be familiar with the methodology and basic techniques of field research, along with the efficient use of new technologies and the basic tools of document management and analysis. Throughout the master's degree, all these skills will be reinforced and sharpened, in line with the chosen specialisation.

Therefore, this master's degree is for students and professionals interested in acquiring a rigorous and profound understanding of cultural diversity, the most efficient procedures for transcultural comparison, the methodological strategies and techniques needed in real intervention situations aimed at promoting social harmony in various contexts (health, education, space or marginalisation), and the treatment of cultural diversity in intercultural spaces, which are becoming more and more common.

Finally, although this master's degree aims to equip its students to work in the field of social intervention, it also has an academic orientation and leads on to Doctoral studies in social and cultural anthropology.

Informative brouchure.

Coordinator: Dan Rodríguez García


Career options

Today ethnography (based on research on the ground or fieldwork) is presented as an indispensable tool for the study of any situation requiring specialist knowledge of how to deal with cultural diversity: ethnic, class, gender and age-based inequalities and identities; cultural variations in social interactions and flows or in the functioning of organisations, institutions and businesses; complex manifestations of popular culture or situations of induced change that require specialist intervention.

This Master's degree trains its students to:
  • distinguish the latest theoretical debates on various forms of social and cultural construction of identities
  • understand, systematise, inter-relate and analyse primary and secondary data from various sources
  • use different social research methodologies
  • develop programmes of social intervention and cooperation and development develop a set of skills to enable them to establish an effective social relationship with research subjects, from a culturally and ethically self-critical perspective
  • present research findings to a variety of audiences.
Career options include the following.
  • Technical consultancy, design, evaluation, implementation and intervention in social and cultural public administration policies in several areas: health, immigration, education, urban space, minorities, social groups, among others.
  • Local and community development: consultancy, public administration, cooperation agencies, NGOs, international organisations, etc.
  • Research and teaching in universities, scientific institutions and research centres.
  • Consultancy with businesses and institutions in areas related to multiculturalism and diversity management.

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Tutorial action plan

Teaching timetable

For 2018/2019, classes for the Official Master's Degree in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention are given Monday to Friday from 16h to 20h, intensively between October and January and semi-intensively between mid-February and mid-April, always in the 16h to 20h time slot. In the third term (April to June), classes are usually scheduled once or twice a month, also between 16h and 20h. Students with no background in anthropology must take a two-week intensive bridging course, from 17 to 28 September, from 16h to 20h.

The Department also offers a two-year joint Master degree with other European Universities.

For more information, you can contact with the coordinator of the master degree program:

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Recommended student material

Prior to the Master program, an intensive propaedeutic course of two weeks is offered to the students who do not have an undergraduate degree in anthropology. The course (which is free of charge for admitted students) provides an introduction in the history of anthropology, key concepts and anthropological theories, and research techniques.
To the students who wish to prepare themselves for the Master program during the summer, we recommend one of the following readings:
Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, 2010. Small Places, Large Issues (3rd edn). London: Pluto.
Ember, Carol R., Melvin Ember, y Peter N. Peregrine, 2004. Antropología. Madrid [etc.] : Pearson.
Lisón Tolosana, Carmelo, 2007. Introduccion a La Antropología Social y Cultural : Teoría, Método y Práctica. Madrid: Akal.
Furthermore, we recommend reading a classical ethnography (or alternatively, a modern one focused on a theme of the student's interest). Some suggestions of classic ethnographies are:
Clastres, Pierre. 1986. Crónica de Los Indios Guayaquís : Lo Que Saben Los Aché, Cazadores Nómadas Del Paraguay. Barcelona : Alta Fulla.  
Godelier, Maurice. 1986. La Producción de Grandes Hombres : Poder Y Dominación Masculina Entre Los Baruya de Nueva Guinea. Madrid : Akal.  
Mead, Margaret. 1985. Adolescencia, Sexo y Cultura en Samoa. Barcelona : Planeta-Agostini. 

Official UAB

30 places
Credits: 60 ECTS
Beginning of the pre-enrolment period 11/01/2019
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Pre-enrolment open
Price: €46.11 per credit (EU citizens and non-EU holding a Spanish residence permit). 2018/19 Academic year.
€66 per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit). 2018/19 Academic year.
Course begins on 01/10/2019
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Language: Spanish (80%), Catalan (15%) and English (5%)

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