Taught course

Anthropology and Development Studies

Radboud University · Faculty of Social Science

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree

In order to get direct admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Development Studies, Non-Western Sociology or related area that is the equivalent to a Dutch university diploma (this does not include a Bachelor’s from a University of Applied Science, in Dutch hbo; in German Fachhochschule).

Basic training in Social Science research processes

Our programme is based on research; we are an academic university and involved in many international research projects. Therefore, we require a basic training in Social Science research processes: research design, fieldwork and data-analysis.

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

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 (education, research and/or training).

Months of entry


Course content

Programme overview

The Master’s programme in Anthropology and Development Studies takes 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. The programme- with the theme Shifting Solidarities – is at the cutting-edge of both social and cultural anthropology and development studies. The issue of solidarity in a neoliberal, postcolonial world encompasses a wide array of anthropological and development questions. By developing your own research questions, you'll be encouraged to delve deeper into the most relevant local and global challenges on solidarity.

Global opportunities

The programme is run by two Nijmegen chair groups: Cultural and Social Anthropology (including the renowned Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies), and Development Studies (through the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (CIDIN), which is recognised internationally for its expertise on issues related to development cooperation. Both chairs have a wide network of international contacts that extend from China to Chile and from South Africa to the Balkans. This means that as a student you will have plenty of opportunities for arranging an internship.

CIDIN together with the citys cultural centre Lux organises a series of debates under the title Global involving academics with international reputations in the field of development. The Nijmegen programme is also part of the European Association of Development Institutes. In short, this programme will open doors for you around the world.

What will you learn?

  • Gain in-depth training in research methodology
  • Learn where you can play a role in the international debate around global policy issues.
  • Get experience designing, conducting and presenting research regarding these issues.
  • Discover the best methods to use when exploring them.

If you have any questions, email us here: study-information@ru.nl

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 17,470
International students
€ 2,530 Non EU € 17,470

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Study Information