Mesterképzés (MSc / MBA)

Cultural Anthropology

Master’s degree offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Title of the program
Cultural Anthropology
Filed of study
Social Sciences
Duration of the program
4 semesters
Title of the qualification or title of the diploma
Cultural Anthropologist


Aim of the Programme

The aim of the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology is to train cultural anthropologists with practical social science skills who are able to work in a variety of settings with their knowledge and skills in the theories, methods and research techniques of cultural and applied anthropology. The Master’s programme prepares students for I. advanced postgraduate research or II. work as practitioners in fields related to applied and visual anthropology, both in civil society and in the business world; 2.1. as researchers, using different types of qualitative methods of data collection and analysis; 2.2. as experts, preparing and making policy briefs and recommendations in the government sector; and 2.3. as change agents, identifying, understanding and analysing different types of socio-cultural conflicts. III. Students will also be prepared to continue their studies in an anthropological doctoral programme.

In our programme, we place particular emphasis on complementing theoretical training with practical experience: students are required 1. to complete a four-week internship and 2. to carry out a fieldwork (2 weeks) in their respective countries or in Hungary.

Competencies to be acquired in the training

  • Has a high level of knowledge of regional and continental types of cultural diversity and global characteristics.
  • Understands key social science contexts using the interpretive theories and concepts of cultural anthropology to the extent necessary for confident practical application.
  • Has specialist knowledge of the similarities and differences between complex and traditional cultures, and an understanding of the major national, European and global social problems that determine the main trends in social science thought.
  • Has a thorough knowledge of the history and theories of cultural anthropology and has anthropological methodological skills directly applicable to professional work.
  • Has knowledge and understanding of the main trends in anthropology in the field.
  • Has sufficient knowledge to design and conduct independent research or scholarship, and is familiar with widely used, accepted, problem-solving research tools in the field.
  • Has an overview of the principles of the practical application of anthropological knowledge, its professional practice and its ethical implications for social decision-making mechanisms.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the linguistic content of the foreign languages studied previously.
  • Familiar with the mechanisms and techniques for the continuous development of professional knowledge and the assimilation of new theoretical and methodological knowledge, as well as with the conceptual systems, essential connections and main lines of thought in the co-disciplines closely related to his/her field of specialisation.
  • Being able to collect, present, evaluate, interpret, and explain qualitative and quantitative data obtained through independent anthropological fieldwork and to communicate the results to professionals in other disciplines.
  • Being able to carry out independent analysis and evaluation during professional tasks, to synthesise different conclusions, to apply these conclusions in practice in the course of professional work and to prepare decisions requiring interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • Being able to produce independent summaries and analyses in a scientific form based on the curricular theories and established research methodological concepts of cultural anthropology.
  • Having sufficient knowledge and skills to apply anthropological theory and methodology at a competent level, to formulate critical positions and, where necessary, to develop independent proposals for the solution of complex cultural and social problems requiring a holistic approach.
  • Being able to manage work processes at a level commensurate with his/her level of competence and to work effectively with partners within and outside the institution.
  • Being professionally committed able to work collaboratively, to take initiative and make decisions, to adapt to change and to communicate the concept of adaptation to colleagues and other partners.
  • Being able to identify projects that are feasible and achievable for his/her institution, to manage the application and implementation work, and to work effectively with partners in the education sector, in the national public and private sectors, and in the voluntary and non-governmental sectors.
  • Consciously embraces the European values of cultural, religious, minority and social diversity at national, regional and continental levels.
  • Given the practical social scientific value of cultural anthropology, he/she is committed to and actively supports, in his/her position at work and in public life, all efforts to improve equal opportunities in society.
  • Open and committed to all forms of cooperation in international professional relations and is critical of academic, practical, legal or political attempts to limit the openness and diversity of the social sciences.
  • Tolerant and empathetic towards social and cultural diversity, in line with the general expectations of a neutral researcher.
  • Authentically communicates the experience of cultural anthropological practice to other disciplines and to the interested public, understanding culture from within on its own terms.
  • Adheres to internationally defined standards of research ethics in cultural anthropology.
  • Independently and continuously expand and deepen his/her knowledge and skills in the field of cultural anthropology.
Autonomy and responsibility
  • Participates independently, courageously and responsibly in the development, discussion and implementation of professional approaches to cultural anthropology.
  • Regularly initiates, leads and shapes cultural anthropological projects.
  • Serves and represents the professional interests of cultural anthropology to the best of his/her ability.
  • Makes decisions independently and responsibly in work and social conflict situations, consistently representing the interests of those he/she serves.
  • Participates independently and responsibly in the modernisation and development of organisational and social normative systems, consistently upholding the principles of social equality.
  • Reflects on his/her own personality, its implications for research and social and cultural embeddedness as an integral part of his/her work, taking into account possible differences between his/her professional, workplace and institutional interests and those of the community under study.

Details of the Master Programme

Data from the records of the Educational Authority in Hungary
  • (UM) University of Miskolc, Hungary – (MSZKKAP)
  • Cultural Anthropology [36394]
Veronika LAJOS, PhD
Associate Professor

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Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of the following areas:

  • 14-26 credits of theory and methodology of sociocultural anthropology, such as Anthropological Perspectives on Identity and Mobility, Contemporary Tendencies in Anthropological Theory: Gender and Globalisation, Research Methods and Methodology of Anthropological Documentary, Research Methods, and Methodology of Anthropological Documentary. We also offer support in exploring different academic genres and learning about the process and different strategies of writing and dissemination within and beyond the academy: courses in Academic Writing I-II.
  • Cultural anthropology has various sub-disciplines, and we offer a wide range of them to broaden our students’ knowledge within the field of contemporary socio-cultural anthropology: 20-32 credits of the sub-disciplines of socio-cultural anthropology, such as applied and visual anthropology, anthropology of religion, historical anthropology, or urban anthropology.
  • Our programme also emphasises an introduction to the history and culture of the traditional field sites of anthropology under and beyond colonialism: 6-14 credits of Anthropology of the Culture of the World: People of the World: Oceania and Australia (1), the Americas (2), Africa (3) and Asia (4).
  • To prepare students to work as practitioners in fields related to applied and visual anthropology or other sub-disciplines of contemporary socio-cultural anthropology, whether in civil society, business or government, we offer courses that systematically challenge students to critically approach and discuss the application of social scientific knowledge and its ethical dimensions: 5-13 credits of application of cultural anthropological knowledge, such as Case Studies in Applied Anthropology, Regional Development: Cultural Marketing and Tourism, the use of video technology in anthropological research, and film design and editing.
  • Our Cultural Anthropology programme requires students to carry out their own research (ethnographic fieldwork) using qualitative data collection methods (such as various types of observation, preferably participant observation, and/or various interview techniques) either in their home country or in Hungary, participating in one of the fieldwork programmes of the Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology (students will be assisted by a student or lecturer acting as an interpreter if necessary): Fieldwork I-II. last for two-weeks (6 credits).
  • In the field of professional practice of the MA in Cultural Anthropology, the internship (courses Internship I-IV) is worth 16 credits. Its duration is 4 x 1 week (4 x 5 x 8 hours) for a total of 160 hours (see below for more details on the internship requirements).
  • 6 credits of optional courses: students must choose 2 (3 credits each) from a range of optional courses, such as Minority Rights and Ethnic Groups, Trends in Central European Philosophies or History of Political Development in Central Europe.
  • And 14 credits of the final examination.
Modul for Professional Training

There is no professional training module in this Master’s degree programme.


In the field of professional practice in the Master Programme of Cultural Anthropology, the internship (Internship I-IV courses) is worth 16 credits. The purpose of the internship is to ensure that students become acquainted with the requirements and possibilities of working as anthropologists in the labour market during their studies. The internship is compulsory for all students and must be completed in the summer of the first year or in the autumn semester of the second year. The internship can be carried out in any organisation, institution, company, or other market player with which the Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology, UM, Hungary already has an official contract, cooperation agreement or is going to have one, either in the home country of foreign students or in Hungary.

Duration of the placement: 4 x 1 week (4 x 5 x 8 hours) 160 hours in total.

The requirements to fulfil the internship period are 1. a written report prepared by the student (summary of the work carried out) and 2. a certificate issued by the organisation at the end of the internship period.

Requirements of the Knowledge of English

To be admitted to the Master Programme, a good command of English, written and spoken, proofed by a language certificate (B2 or higher – formerly known as C level In Hungary) of any kind, or an equivalent certificate or diploma.

Required to obtain the qualification (number of credits)

120 credits

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Future Possibilities

FEOR jobs that can most typically be filled with qualifications
  • 2524 Training and staff development specialist
  • 2532 Public relations planner and organiser
  • 2623 Ethnographer
  • 2716 Journalist, radio or television programme editor
  • 2725 Director, cameraman (including producer)
  • 3631 Conference and event organiser
  • 3632 Marketing and public relations administrator

Faculty Announcing the Programme

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Institute of Humanities of the University of Miskolc, Hungary started its activities in the academic year 1992/93, emphasising the university character of the institution.

In the first academic year, the Institute started with a two-year course, which was taken over from the Miskolc Humanities Association. However, the Institute’s existence proved to be limited from the very beginning: the management of the time applied for faculty status as soon as possible, and this was successfully achieved in 1997, when the education in the humanities and social sciences was integrated into the University Faculty, and the Faculty of Humanities entered its „adult age”.

Teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences and teacher training have a history of more than a quarter of a century at our university, and although we are one of the youngest faculties, our achievements speak for themselves: the initial few university and two college-level courses have now been expanded: since the Bologna process, we have bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, 24 pairs of teaching professors, a number of specialised postgraduate courses, and a PhD in literature at our Doctoral School of Literature for graduates who wish to continue their studies at an even higher level, the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

For years, national surveys have shown that we are on the right track: we are among the leaders both in terms of the quality of our teaching staff and in terms of student satisfaction: among the 30 or so liberal arts institutions in the country, only universities with a long tradition of teaching are ahead of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Miskolc. The quality of the Faculty is also reflected in the fact that almost 90% of the anonymous respondents said that they would choose ME BTK again if they could, and would not go to any other university.

This also places a responsibility on the current management and lecturers of the Faculty. High-quality teaching and research, ever-increasing student involvement in academic life and a mutually respectful atmosphere can only ensure that our students continue to enhance our reputation in the country and the world – with a degree in the humanities, social sciences or education, good communication skills and a solid command of languages, they can earn a secure living, get a good job and, most importantly, do what they love.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Miskolc provides modern, applicable knowledge for the people of the 21st century. The ever-expanding range of courses includes everything that belongs to the classical humanities and social sciences, but there is also a wide range of teacher training courses, a new course for special needs teachers and an ever-expanding range of courses. Our faculty provides all students with access to practice-oriented, applicable knowledge, an essential requirement in today’s fast-paced world.

Our faculty leadership, teachers and students are united in the belief that our traditional greetings not only shape our past and present, but also our future:

VIVAT Humanities and Social Sciences!

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