Anthropology and Sociology – Master of Arts


The Graduate study programme Anthropology and Sociology requires a first university degree, e.g. Bachelor of Sociology. Our Master's Programme brings together core elements from both disciplines in a research-oriented study programme that focuses on contemporary social issues and problems. This opens up new perspectives in both subjects and allows you to develop own ideas and innovative research approaches.

The anthropological part of the programme focuses on non-Western cultures and societies, enabling us to critically reflect on our own society; the sociological part contributes important theoretical and methodological impulses. The combination of the two disciplines allows interrelating and assessing ongoing debates in both disciplines. It also opens up new perspectives so that you will be able to develop innovative research questions and trajectories.

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Degree Master of Arts
Programme start Winter semester & Summer semester
Period of study 4 semesters
Application period 07.05. - 15.07. | 29.11. - 15.01.
Admission restrictions no
ECTS 120

Why study Anthropology and Sociology in the University of Konstanz?

… because of the study programme's …

  • combination of anthropological and sociological perspectives;
  • theoretically and methodically innovative curriculum;
  • international and comparative approach to societies with regional emphases on Europe, Africa and Asia;
  • strong emphasis on research;
  • excellent supervision and staff-student ratio;
  • ideal foundations for a possible doctorate after the MA programme.


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Following your graduation you have various career opportunities, for the most part because of the comparative, international and research-based approach of this study programme. Career opportunities can include jobs in:

  • cultural, media and educational institutions;
  • project development and project management in multicultural contexts;
  • national and international migration and refugee work;
  • intercultural consulting for organisations and in political institutions;
  • private enterprises that require intercultural competencies;
  • counselling, supervising, monitoring and evaluating intercultural projects.

If you prefer to opt for research and teaching you also have the option of following up your master’s degree with doctoral studies.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

In the M.A. in Ethnology and Sociology, you can choose between an ethnological and a sociological focus. On this page you will find study structures with ethnological or sociological project seminars (in German).

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad


An internship is not mandatory. The Internship Office of your department or our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • Interest in one’s own and non-Western societies.
  • Independent thinking and structured approach to work.
  • Willingness to read intensely and widely.
  • Good English skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to document any additional foreign language skills.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German. Some courses are taught in English. Course work can also be completed in English.

Admission requirements

  • Above-average degree (minimum degree: Bachelor of Arts or equivalent) with the grade "good" (2.5) or better of a three-year (or more) study programme in a subject related to the two disciplines involved in the Master's Programme at a state or state-accredited institution of higher education. Our selection committee decides whether you meet the requirements stated above.
  • A letter of motivation (two DIN A4 pages or more) stating why you are interested in the Master's Programme Anthropology and Sociology as well as your expectations and professional ambitions in future. This letter can also be written in English.
  • If you have not yet completed your BA degree by the end of the application deadline, please attach the official documentation of all your academic achievements so far as well as your current average grade.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

There are no admission restrictions for this study programme.

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.07. (winter semester) and 29.11. - 15.01. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

Please enclose the following documents with your application:

  • Documentation of your academic degree. If you have not yet received your official degree certificate, please enclose confirmation of all performance assessments completed until the date of registration as well as your preliminary average grade.
  • A current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation, if applicable (including information about all previous semesters studied)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation

Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants:

  • If your documents are not available in German or English, you will need to have them translated. Please submit a German or English translation of your documents along with the original versions.
  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent;
  • Applicants from China, India and Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country