Anthropology in Practice, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2021/2022

  • Spring 2022, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 17 January 2022

    End date: 27 March 2022

    Application deadline: 15 October 2021

    Application code: UU-02000 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

    Registration: 16 December 2021 – 9 January 2022

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

Anthropology is the study of people, why they do what they do in relationship to groups, to bureaucracies and other structures. It helps you understand why people act, react, or at times don't act at all. From a practical point of view anthropology can be used to draw up policies, development projects, change or make official frameworks effective, or inform us why it doesn't work.
The objective of the course is to focus on the interplay between anthropological knowledge and practice from different perspectives to give an understanding of how anthropology works in applied contexts. The course draws attention to the practical uses of anthropology and the various careers a Master's degree in cultural anthropology may lead to and how anthropological knowledge and analytical tools may be used in different professional contexts, for example to analyse and improve the work of companies and organisations. As anthropology is both a politically and socially engaged discipline, time will be allotted to engaged discussions about the role of anthropology in the public arena.

The course will be based on lectures by academics and professionals with experience of applying anthropology in private and public settings, working in government authorities, consultancy firms and NGOs, combined with practical assignments such as the writing of professional presentations, writing and assessing policy papers and reports, baseline studies, as well as to elaborate Terms of References and tenders.

More information


Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 631, 751 26 UPPSALA


Director of Studies, advanced level