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About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 10,6 (Standby: 10)   |   Quota 2 2019: -  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

When you study anthropology, you combine the social sciences and the humanities. You learn about the diversity of the world’s societies and cultures, and you study how culture, society, morals, traditions and social interactions affect us as human beings.

Studying at the anthropology programme

The course programme at Anthropology combines lectures, exercises and classroom teaching. You will make presentations, participate in discussions and work on projects with your study group. Preparing for seminars and lectures will take up many hours of your time, and getting acquainted with the central theories and issues of the field of anthropology will require a lot of reading.

Fieldwork and theory

Fieldwork is an important tool for collecting anthropological data. When you do fieldwork, you will work with participant observation and interviews, and to learn to understand your subjects’ world view, you will become closely involved in their lives. The theoretical component of the programme gives you insight into historical, political, economic, religious and social conditions, and you will learn to participate critically and analytically in anthropological discussion on topics including ethics, understanding and knowledge.

The world is your laboratory

You can do anthropology all over the world and in any social context. The anthropology programme gives you excellent opportunities to study abroad, and many students spend an entire semester abroad during the last year of the programme. You can also specialise in a specific region or topic of your own choice.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes. For example, the Master’s degree programme in anthropology, which will give you career opportunities in a variety of fields, such as healthcare, integration, project management, consultancy and administration. You might also choose an academic career path and work with teaching and research in higher education, at folk high schools or at a museum.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22225

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission

Quota 2 criteria

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Applicants in quota 2 for Anthropology will be evaluated on the basis of the following seven assessment criteria:

  1. Motivation and study potential. In your motivational letter you must state your professional motivation and your study potential in correlation to the programme you apply for.
  1. Related work experience (for a period of a least 4 months and minimum 20 hours weekly). We place emphasis on related work experience and you should therefore highlight in your motivational letter, why your work experience is relevant for Anthropology. You must document your work experience by a statement/declaration from your employer including the total working period, weekly work average in hours and work assignments. The statement/declaration must be signed by the employer.

Related work experience examples

    • Organisational related or management related work
    • Work in the social or healthcare sector or pedagogical work.
    • Experience with verbal communication, e.g. introductory speaker, teacher, adviser et cetera.
    • Project oriented work
    • Work that has offered insight into a specific field, e.g. language or culture.
    • Political work in organisations.
  1. Related post-secondary education. We place emphasis on related post-secondary education but please notice that it needs to be documented with a diploma and/or transcript/report card.

Related post-secondary education examples

    • Passed and documented parts of a medium length higher education (in Danish mellemlang videregående uddannelse) or higher education, which need to be documented by a diploma and/or transcript.
  1. Stay abroad. We place emphasis on study or business experience (paid and unpaid) abroad in a period of minimum 4 months. Consequently you need to highlight what you feel is relevant in your stay abroad in your motivational letter and make sure that you document your stay abroad. Please also notice that we only evaluate the activity that you have done abroad, not the trip in itself. Documentation could be a course certificate, folk high school diploma, or a statement from an employee.
  1. Other relevant experience. We place emphasis on other relevant activities, which have given you competences in correlation with the programme in Anthropology. Consequently you need to highlight the experiences in your motivational letter that you feel are relevant for the programme in Anthropology. Make sure to document the experiences that you highlight and feel are relevant for Anthropology. Documentation could be course certificate, folk high school diploma, documentation for voluntary work and statements from employees.
  1. Your grade point average from upper secondary school (without bonus for early start) can be a part of the overall assessment of your qualifications.
  1. Grades from relevant upper secondary school subjects. We place emphasis on grades in English at B level and History/History of Ideas/Social Science/Contemporary History B level.

Please note that only activities (including work experience) covering a total period of 12 months is included. Marks and specific levels of qualification from your qualifying examination are not included in the 12 months.

OBS: All documentation for Anthropology in quota 2 must be uploaded to your application at www.optagelse.dk by 15 March at 12.00 noon at the very latest.

As a rule it is only possible to start a higher education on a similar or lower level 6 years after you have passed your latest completed higher education. This means that if you have completed a Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree you will have to wait 6 years (counting from your last passed Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree) before you can apply for a new Bachelor’s degree. This is applicable for applicants in both quota 1 and quota 2.

Regarding admission 2021

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

1. Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)

2. Other particularly relevant documented qualifications

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Studies B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The courses on the anthropology programme focus on two central areas. You will master the most important anthropological theories and concepts, which will enable you to describe other peoples’ cultures. You will also learn how to collect and analyse information and data about human cultural practices. These are the tools you will draw on when you immerse yourself in the culture of a particular region, where you will work with topics and research traditions of particular relevance to precisely that region.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in anthropology, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


Student life

Academic life on the anthropology programme

At the lectures on the anthropology programme, the most important content for you is covered. In seminars, your year group is divided into smaller groups, which gives you lots of opportunities to participate in discussions with your fellow students and practice giving presentations. 

When you start the anthropology programme, you will be assigned a mentor group. This is a place for you to talk about how you’re getting along in your studies with other students from your year group and your mentor, who is a more advanced student. The mentors have experienced the same challenges and issues you will face and can give you hands-on advice. 

This is an example of a typical week on the first semester of the anthropology programme. As you can see, you should expect to spend a good deal of time preparing for classes and meeting with your study group. This is why the anthropology programme is a full-time degree programme, even though you may not have scheduled classes every day. This means that you will also learn how to plan your time wisely during your studies. 

9:00 -12:00 Classroom instruction: Themes and Perspectives in Anthropology
12:00 - 14:00 Study group: prepare for classroom instruction
14:00 - 17:00 Classroom instruction: Basic Concepts and Theories

9:00 - 15:00: Independent study and written assignments
15:00 - 18:00 Editorial meeting, student paper (voluntary)

9:00-12:00 Study group: preparation for classroom instruction
12:00 - 15:00 Classroom instruction: Basic Concepts and Theories: Practice
15:00 - 18:00 Independent study

9:00 - 12:00 Classroom instruction: Basic Concepts and Theories
13:00 - 16:00 Lecture: Basic Concepts and Theories

9:00-14:00 Read material for next week
15:00 - 18:00 Friday bar

Physical surroundings

The Department of Anthropology is located at Moesgård, a beautiful historical manor just south of Aarhus. This means that you will study in a peaceful, intimate setting where it’s easy to get to know students from other year groups. 

Social Life on the anthropology programme

Student life doesn’t stop when you close your books. It continues in the many academic and social associations for students at the department. For example, you can participate in: 

The anthropology Friday bar is called BarBaren (‘the BarBarian’). There is a party with dancing every other Friday at Moesgård. 

The student paper at Anthropology is called Informanten (‘the Informant’) - a paper by students for students.

Kaiko is the name of the Tsembaga people’s ritual pig feast, which makes it the perfect name for the social committee at Anthropology. 

Moesgaard Special Olympics
Anthropology and the two other degree programmes at Moesgård compete for the gold in sports like ‘dry synchronised swimming’ and ‘German beer bowling’. It’s a day of fun, friendship and laughs. 

Danish Ethnographic Association
The association publishes the journal Jordens Folk (the people of the earth) and holds meetings open to anyone with an interest in anthropology and ethnography. 

Studying abroad

A semester abroad is an excellent idea if you’re studying anthropology. It gives you a chance to gain insight into the culture of the country you visit as well as developing your language skills. During the last year of your BSc programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2016 AU employment survey.

As an anthropology graduate, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

The anthropology programme gives you insight into the similarities and differences between cultures and teaches you how to analyse complex cultural issues.

You learn how to select and apply the appropriate anthropological methodology, and you learn how to communicate your conclusions both orally and in writing.

During your studies, you have the opportunity to specialise in particular topics and regions, for example healthcare, the environment, or integration in a specific culture, or in a theoretical or methodological issue in anthropology. 

Trained anthropologists typically work as project managers, consultants, teachers or analysts. For example in innovation, social work or development and aid work.  

Supplementary subjects

As an anthropology student, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a supplementary subject. Examples of supplementary subjects other anthropology students have taken include: 

  • Supplementary subject in culture of events
  • Supplementary subject in humanistic organisational development
  • Supplementary subject in museological studies 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of a BSc programme in anthropology go on to do an MSc in anthropology. But there are a lot of options, and you should be aware that some of them require specific supplementary subjects in order for you to be eligible for admission. Some of the options are:

  • The Master’s degree programme in anthropology is a continuation of the BSc in anthropology. At this level, you learn how to analyse empirical data and reflect on your methodological and theoretical choices by doing independent fieldwork.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which teaches you to understand the complexities of globalisation through the study of subjects like history and international law.
  • The Master’s degree programme in European studies, which gives you insight into the political, historical and cultural landscape of Europe.
  • The Master’s degree programme in cognitive semiotics, which is an interdisciplinary programme that investigates how humans create meaning in language, science and art.