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Bachelor's degree programme in Anthropology


Society, culture and humanity in a globalised world.


This programme is only offered in Danish.

When you study anthropology, you combines 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 on 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.

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.

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


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.

Student life


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 2013/14 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 event culture
  • 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.