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Business and Organisational Anthropology

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus City Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 5000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Business- and Organisational Anthropology (BOA) studies business activities and life in organisations by anthropological methods and theory.

Business strategy, management theory, design methodology, HR workrelations and organisational practice have for several decennia drawn on ethnographic methodology to produce and analyse data on the needs and concerns of stakeholders such as clients, employees and end-users.

BOA builds on this research as well as on classic ethnographic methodology and anthropological theory to equip students to pursue their own well-informed ethnographic research in Denmark or elsewhere in the world.

Often working in collaboration with organisations in public enterprise, design companies, engineering and other business sectors, students build and analyse their own ethnographic data, thus contributing to a better understanding of the lives, perceptions and needs of clients, end-users and other stakeholders.

By deepening understandings of what has often been called "the human factor" in business, students not only contribute to concrete innovation processes and product development in enterprises and organisations, but also add their findings to the growing field of BOA scientific research.

Courses that may be offered in the specialisation track in Business and Organisational Anthropology include:
  • Economic Anthropology,
  • Anthropology of Evaluation,
  • International Consultancy,
  • Organizational Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Marketing; Performance & Tricksters

Career Opportunities 

Graduates of BOA work in such diverse fields as design & innovation, HR consultancy, public sector services, marketing and social advocacy.


A prerequisite for the MSc Programme in Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology is a bachelor's degree in anthropology or its equivalent. If your bachelor degree in anthropology is not from a Danish university it does not qualify you directly to this Master's programme, and your application will therefore be individually assessed. The following are minimum requirements for admission:
  • The bachelor degree must consist of a minimum of one and a half years (90 ECTS) of anthropological subjects.
  • The bachelor degree must include introductory courses in anthropology, including introduction to history of anthropological theory and methodology
  • Language requirements:
  • Scandinavian applicants (including Danish applicants) are required to document proficiency in English corresponding to at least English B level; cf. Section 11 of the Danish Ministerial Order on Admission at Universities.
  • Applicants from outside of Scandinavia who speak or write English as a second language must pass the IELTS test with a score minimum of 6.5, or the TOEFL IBT Test with a minimum score of 83 or a minimum of 560 in the paper based test; cf. Section 11(2) of the Danish Ministerial Order on Admission at Universities
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There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students form outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition.

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System.

Spring 2015 - EU/EEA/SWISS Citizens

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01

Spring 2015 - Non-EU/EEA/SWISS Citizens

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

City Campus


Studying at City Campus means being downtown Copenhagen. Everything the city has to offer is right outside the door. Nevertheless, it is easy to escape city noise in order to study or relax in one of the many beautiful, surrounding parks.The campus area accommodates the Faculty of Social Sciences and a part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Centre for Health and Society is located between the city lakes and the transport hub Nørreport. This is a place brimming with history as the buildings are the former district general hospital with high ceilings and a stylish architectural look. Teaching facilities are modern, and in 2013, the University opened a new building with three auditoriums.

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