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Master's | Joint programme optionalAnthropology and Development Studies

How do bottom-up initiatives of people striving for racial justice, political change or climate change awareness arise and evolve? This anthropology & development Master's expands your knowledge and research skills. Let’s contribute to society!

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Something for you?

  • Collaborate closely with our expert and approachable staff and a diverse group of peers from around the world
  • Develop a valuable field research project in line with your personal interest
  • Open up your horizon as a critical anthropologist and development scientist with a global view
  • Build a professional (international) network and contribute to present-day academic debate
  • After obtaining your degree you are equipped for a position as a researcher or policy advisor at an established NGO, governmental organization or company
  • Pursue the possibility of a dual degree with the University of Glasgow.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission and application
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What will you learn

In this Master’s programme you develop your critical, analytical, reflective and academic skills to contribute to society, conducting qualitative research. In the first semester, you choose and design your research project fitting in one of three thematic tracks:

  • Decolonising diversity in a polarised world
  • Ecological livelihoods and environmental justice
  • Grassroots initiatives, development and the state

During three months of fieldwork you will find answers to your questions within your area of interest. Concluding the Master’s programme, you will sum up your findings, not only in the form of an academic thesis, but also as a policy brief or other type of output that you can share with relevant stakeholders to increase your impact.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Possible jobs are that of a policy officer, advisor, or researcher for the central or local government, an advisor at aid, welfare and civil society organisations such as the UN, Cordaid or the Dutch Council for Refugees, a researcher at a university or NGO, trade union, consultancy firm or private institution or as a journalist or communication officer.

Career prospects


This Master’s programme is offered by the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies (CAOS). This department studies cultural diversity and social inequality in a rapidly changing world. This might, for example, entail the study of citizenship and belonging in multicultural societies like the Netherlands, or of new actors who have entered the market for international development.

The department is embedded in the Radboud Social Cultural Research (Radboud SCR). Scholars at Radboud SCR specifically focus on three research themes: inequality, cohesion and modernisation.

Public pieces based on MA projects

Questions about this programme?

Do you have a question about this programme? We're happy to help. Please contact us, ask a student or check out our information activities.


Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.