MSc in Anthropology and Development Studies

Radboud University Behavioural and Social Sciences

Full time September MSc Full-time: 1 year

About the course

Master's programme in Anthropology and Development Studies

A multidisciplinary perspective on the most relevant local and global issues regarding solidarity, including citizenship, poverty, sustainability, migration, welfare reform, social movements and private initiatives.

Solidarity is one of today’s main challenges. Highly volatile flows of people, goods and ideas, as well as the restructuring of markets and governing institutions have led to a high degree of globalization. Global links crisscross national borders and challenge established conceptions and structures. In addition, neoliberal reforms of state and society across the globe rewrite social contracts between people and states. How is solidarity imagined and practiced in this contemporary context?

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Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Development Studies, Non-Western Sociology or related area.
2. Basic training in Social Science research processes.
3. A proficiency in English:
a. A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
b. An IELTS score of ≥6.5
c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or CPE with a mark of C or higher
4. Documents need to be written correctly, in good English.
5. The degree should have been obtained in the last 7 years; if longer ago the student should refer to recent expertise in a related field


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).

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Why did I choose Radboud University: After graduating with a BA in Anthropology, I spent four years working in international education and environmental advocacy. The different work experiences I had in Tunisia and the United States gave me a taste of the diverse ways people can create change, and I wanted to dive deeper into the idea of changing societies in a way that is good for people as well as the natural environment. The masters programme at Radboud in Anthropology and Development is exactly what I’ve been looking for, combining social science field work with critical analyses of the development sector. Not only is this programme a perfect fit for me, I love the location in a smaller city where cost of living and university fees are much more affordable.

What am I looking forward to the most regarding coming to Nijmegen: I am so excited to move into my student apartment! The accommodations at Talia, one of Radboud’s student residences, are really comfortable and well-located. I’ll be living right in the city center with a view of the Waal river and the little beach alongside it. It’s also amazing to move to Nijmegen on the year it’s been voted European Green Capital of 2018! I’m looking forward to meeting other students from around the world and eating good Dutch cheese :)

A fun fact about myself: I’ve lived most of my life in North Africa and can speak Arabic!


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