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Master Medical Anthropology and Sociology

Entry requirements

Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MSc)

Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether all entry requirements as specified below are met and assesses the quality of each application in comparison with the other applications received.

Educational background

Bachelor's degree

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology and sociology or in another closely related discipline (such as anthropology, sociology, political science, medical sciences (health, medicine and biomedical), history or psychology).

International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

Social Sciences

All applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of social sciences evidenced by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 18 ECTS credits during previous study.

Research methodology

Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 12 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:

  • Make a solid research design
  • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
  • Develop and carry out (simple) surveys
  • Interpret the results of surveys
  • Carry out statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software
  • Conduct interviews
  • Analyse the results of interview
  • Possibly use historical research methods for the purpose of triangulation.

Grade average

Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent standard, especially in the field of medical anthropology and sociology. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

English language proficiency

As the Master's programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English.

To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, all non-native speakers need to demonstrate their proficiency in English before enrolment. All applicants who are nationals of countries other than:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • New Zealand

are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify them from enrolment.

For more information on the test requirement and possible exemptions, please see:

Graduates from universities of applied sciences (HBO)

Applicants with a higher professional Bachelor's degree obtained at a university of applied sciences (HBO) will first need to complete a relevant academic Bachelor's degree before applying to the Master's programme. Completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree, however, does not automatically lead to admission. Selection may be competitive reflecting the number and quality of applications received for each selection round.


If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at