Master's Programme in Ethnology and Folkloristics

120 credits

Programme syllabus, HEF2M

Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Arts, 30 August 2022
Registration number
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Arts
Responsible department
Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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

Also required is 60 credits in ethnology.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at


The master's programme in ethnology and folkloristics will provide in-depth knowledge of the different orientations of ethnology and folkloristics as well as problem formulation, analysis and interpretation of individually produced ethnographic or archival material, for the production of an independent work (master's thesis). The program aims to impart methodological and analytical skills that are necessary to be able to independently and critically carry out studies in the field of cultural anthropology at the level required for qualified professional activity and research studies in the field.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student must:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Competence and skills

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student must:

  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

Judgement and approach

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student must:

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

Layout of the programme

The master's programme comprises two years, with the possibility of completing a one-year master's degree after one year. It is also possible to supplement a previous one-year master's degree to obtain a master's degree.

The first semester of the programme contains an introductory course and three in-depth courses on scientific theory and knowledge production, as well as a methods course with a focus on ethnography. During the programme's second semester, students normally take two thematic courses, as well as start the degree project and carry out the empirical data collection. The third semester of the program consists of elective courses. Within the framework of these, there is also the opportunity to do an internship or participate in an international student exchange through the university's and department's exchange agreements. During the fourth semester, the remaining optional courses are read and the degree project is completed.


The forms of teaching and examination vary depending on which course within the program is read and detailed in the respective syllabus. Teaching usually consists of lectures, seminars and individual supervision.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with ethnology as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).