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Medical Anthropology and Sociology

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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The Master's programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) trains you to understand health, illness and the body from a social science perspective.

Diseases move across national borders - so do patients, doctors and medicines. Health and healthcare is often a matter of politics, economics and culture too. In the Master's programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, you will use social science theory and methods to critically analyse health issues in a globalising world. During the programme you will look at contemporary global and local health problems, as well as key topics in social science. It enables you to deepen your knowledge of anthropology and sociology, while at the same time acquiring a specialisation in a health-related topic.

If you have a medical or psychological sciences background, you will acquire further training in social science and you will learn to critically and reflexively integrate this training with your earlier academic and professional experience. If you have a social science background, you will have the opportunity to further sharpen your analytical tools and acquire a specialisation in the field of health. You will examine a broad range of issues: from the social determinants of disease to sexual subcultures to the politics of pharmaceuticals.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

The programme consists of four core courses and one elective course in the first semester. The core courses focus on
* contemporary topics in medical anthropology and sociology,
* social science theory as applied to health issues,
* global health and development,
* and research design.

Students also take one elective course in a domain of health that relates to their research interests.
The programme is completed with a fieldwork of 8- 10 weeks and a thesis in the second semester.


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.


Thematic Electives semester 1

Medicine and Human Rights in cross-cultural perspectives (3 EC)
Anthropology of Sexuality, Aids and Reproductive Health (3 EC)
Culture, Psychology and Psychiatry (3 EC)

instruction modes

Lectures, seminars, study visits, independent research, field work.

job perspective

After completion of the programme, students have:

*acquainted themselves with social science theories and research practices that can be applied to the interface between health, society and culture
*the ability to analyse practical health problems, formulate relevant objectives for Social Science research and compose research proposals
*the skills they need to execute such research and report on it according to the applicable standards.


Medical Anthropology and Sociology studies health, disease and health care from a social science perspective and how medical knowledge and practices are translated into health care structures. It investigates issues on health, society and culture and familiarises students with the cultural worldviews and social economic forces that shape health and health care. Students gain skills that will enable them to contribute to multidisciplinary problem-driven research and interventions.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60