The Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology aims to conduct high-quality research that addresses major issues involving culture and development. This inspires its Ba, Ma and PhD programmes.


The three-year Bachelor (in Dutch) degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology trains students to critically examine the processes of culture and development through the lens of the latest theory in the field and both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

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The Master's programme weaves together the latest approaches in Cultural Anthropology, Social Anthropology and Development Studies. It is a research-oriented Master’s degree, that provides students with the unique opportunity to carry out independent research abroad under the guidance of experienced researchers with knowledge specific to subject and region. Within this unique multi-disciplinary approach students can focus on a specific region or topic of their choice, drawing on the institute's research programme on 'Global Challenges', and regional specialisations in Africa and South-East Asia.

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There are two specialisations within this MA programme:
Anthropology of Media and Visual Culture
- Anthropology of a Sustainable World

Both specialisations can be combined with ethnographic film, on condition of proper BA-level preparation and starting with the programme in September.


The Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology aims to conduct research in all fields of the social study of culture and development (with a special emphasis on the analysis of global connections).

Our main research programme ‘Global Challenges' concentrates on the world-wide movement of values, technologies, people, goods and images and its consequences for the ongoing transformation of social and cultural life in the current world.