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Interdisciplinary Anthropology

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Anthropology asks about the diversity of human life forms in historical change. It can be as much about the biological and cognitive dimensions of humans and their evolution as it is about social practices, artifacts and institutions. Anthropologists are interested in human-environment relations, collecting and structuring, analyzing and contextualizing past and present knowledge about humans or investigating the ever-changing images of humans and the world. Anthropological research requires the collaboration of different academic disciplines. In the master's program in Interdisciplinary Anthropology, historical studies, anthropology, cultural anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and biological anthropology are represented as well as science and technology studies and cognitive science. During your studies, you will learn about this diversity of perspectives on human beings. In the process, you will test how to link disciplinary approaches with each other and develop new questions.


The following qualities are highly advantageous for your master's degree in Interdisciplinary Anthropology:

  • Willingness to organize yourself and to work independently.
  • Pleasure in communicating across disciplines in heterogeneous groups
  • Interest in a wide range of anthropological topics, theories and methods
  • Scientific curiosity to look beyond the boundaries of a discipline and to discover connections between research areas
  • Open-mindedness to ways of thinking that may challenge familiar distinctions between nature and culture
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Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Application period: First semester: 1 June - 15 September
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 June - 30 September, Summer Semester: 1 December - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

This broad field requires an interdisciplinary approach that allows anthropological questions to be addressed and discussed in a dialogue with a range of disciplines. Numerous fields from the humanities, social and cultural sciences, and natural sciences are involved in the University of Freiburg’s program in Interdisciplinary Anthropology, including biological anthropology, history, ethnology, philosophy, sociology, and cognitive science.
The first semester of the master’s program Interdisciplinary Anthropology provides students with a basic grounding in the theories and methods of anthropology. This promotes their ability to engage in a dialogue with scholars from other fields and to transfer their knowledge between the perspectives of the various disciplines. In the second phase of the program, students build on this broad anthropological fundament in a self-chosen area of specialization. Thus, the students first receive insight into the theory and practice of various fields of anthropological research and then acquire more detailed knowledge in one particular field. In this way, they become acquainted with the current state of research and current research questions in their area of specialization and learn how to conduct research in the human sciences on the basis of their work in that area.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Brink
Seminar für Alte Geschichte
Kollegiengebäude I, Raum: 1288
Platz der Universität 3
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-67731

Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

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