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Program description:
The goal of the program is to give relevant knowledge to students about the common universal human characteristics and values in their diverse and complex manifestations. Cultural anthropology is based on critical and interpretative thinking and uses the approaches and methodology of social sciences. Cultural anthropology has an applied perspective, methodologies include interpretation and field research.. Anthropologists aim to understand societies and cultures in their everyday life, the micro and personal levels of social interactions and cultural communication. Besides, anthropologists interpret their micro-focusing research in a holistic way with comprehensive analyses of the historical and sociological contexts of their field. With this in mind, students of the Cultural Anthropology MA program will learn about theories and approaches, the main research topics and results of anthropology from the perspective of the human societies and cultures. The critical anthropological thinking helps the students understand the differences and difficulties of social interactions, cultural and intercultural communication and their significances in a sensitive and interpretative way. As a result, the students will be able to apply their social and cultural anthropological knowledge and skills in decisions of the social and economic life, international relations and communication, as well as in their professional carrier.

Entry requirements:
Applicants must have a BA/BBA degree in any of the following areas: Social Science, Communication and Media Science, International Studies, Political Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Social Pedagogy, Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, Community Coordination, Ethnography, Roma Studies. In case of other bachelor degrees: individual consideration.

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Entrance exam description:
Applicants with a full application package will be notified about the exact time and date of application interviews conducted via Skype. Applicants are responsible for having technically suitable conditions for the interview from their side.

Applicants are expected to be prepared taking questions regarding the compulsory admission materials (see: Recommended Readings) from the side of admission committee composed of a professor, a lecturer and a student representative.

The application interview via Skype will include a discussion on the following topics:

The applicant should choose one of the well-known figures from the history of anthropology – Clifford Geertz, Edmund Leach, Bronislaw Malinowski, Margaret Mead – and review his/her works and achievements in the fields of anthropology.

Recommended Readings:
(Applicants are also allowed to choose a different reading from the authors.)

Edmund Leach: Social anthropology (Oxford University Press, 1982)

Margaret Mead: Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) or Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935)

Bronislaw Malinowski: Argonauts of the Western Pacific: An account of native enterprise and adventure in the Archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1922) or Baloma; the Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands (1916)

Clifford Geertz: The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973) or Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology (Basic Books, 1983)

Preparatory year available:

Specialisation year available:


Contact person:
International Office, Eszter Borbála Bagi

Programme structure

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Career opportunities

Our former students have been working as academic researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Ethnography. Many of them are professors in different universities: Eötvös Loránd University, Corvinus University, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Dharma Gate Buddhist College, and Bhaktivedanta College.

Besides, cultural anthropologists are applied in non-governmental organizations (Artemisszió Foundation, Menedék- the Hungarian Association for Migrants). Some of them have also found job possibilities in market research and multinational companies. Others work as social workers, social politicians, or members of social development and Roma programs.

More and more international companies look for anthropologist employees who have skills of working in multicultural environments and cooperation with colleagues from different cultural backgrounds. Several former students of us work recently in communication fields, they can be found in communication companies, communication departments, and media.

More students have become journalists, reporters, and editors of online and offline newspapers, television channels, and radio programs.

Job examples:

  • Academic researcher
  • Market researcher
  • International aid/development worker
  • Social researcher
  • Public and not-for-profit sectors branches of the Civil Service, local government, charities, central government bodies, universities, international organizations, museums, and voluntary organizations.

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