Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology

The primary goal of the program is to enable students to deepen and broaden their knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social pheonomena, structures and processes. In a wide range of courses on social theory, migration, religion, ethnicity, cultural policies, economic sociology, globalization, dynamics of modernity, institutional change, urban processes and gender relations, students are encouraged to articulate individual positions with regard to bridging the two disciplines in the topics they study. One of the main endeavors of the program is to develop the research skills of students by offering solid training in methodology.

Sample Courses for the Master’s Programs
Colonialism and Post-colonialism; Social Memory; Comparative Urban Change; Cultures of Capitalism: An Anthropological Reading of Post-socialist Economic Transformation; Rural and Urban Development; Debates on Globalization and Development; Introduction to Research Methods—Quantitative and Qualitative (mandatory course); Ethnicity and the State: Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives; StateTheory and Research; Logic of Social Inquiry (mandatory course)

Entry Requirements for the Master’s Programs

In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements (see:, applicants must provide a:

  • 500-word outline of their proposed research topic (1.5 spaced) for their MA thesis. The thesis topic should fall within the broad thematic focus of the department and the areas of interest of its faculty. Previous work in relevant fields as well as research experience in related areas, if any should be also mentioned. Your MA proposal should specify your proposed MA research project, and why you think you and the project are a good fit for our department. This can include specifying your proposed topic and methods; a brief literature review which situates your project within existing scholarly work; the social relevance of your project to the world at large; and reference to your proposed project's suitability to CEU's Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. We strongly encourage you to visit the CEU's Center for Academic Writing site. For further guidance on how to write a research proposal: 
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • writing sample in English (for example a chapter from the undergraduate thesis) is required.

Please note that we only conduct interviews for shortlisted PhD applicants. The department may want to do this by phone, skype or in person. MA applicants are usually not interviewed.

For information on financial aid policy for MA applicants, please visit CEU’s policy on financial aid. Questions regarding university-level financial aid policies can be directed to the financial aid office.


Title Instructor Credit
Academic Writing Andrea Kirchknopf
David Ridout
Anthropological Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism and Nationalism – with special reference to Roms and Romany peoples Michael Stewart 2.0
Class On Class Gáspár Miklós Tamás 2.0
Colonialism and Postcolonialism Prem Kumar Rajaram 4.0
Common Marginalisations: refugees and other subaltern populations Prem Kumar Rajaram 2.0
Contemporary Social Theory Alexandra Kowalski 4.0
Critical perspectives on human nature Maria Kronfeldner 2.0
Critical Romani Studies: Past, Present, and Future Approaches to Roma (Gypsy, Travellers, Sinti, etc) Related Studies Angéla Kóczé 2.0
Critical Theory Gáspár Miklós Tamás 2.0
Discourse Analysis (2017/18) Erzsébet Barát 2.0
Documentary for Social Change Jeremy Braverman
Kate Coyer
Economic anthropology Martha Lampland 2.0
Ethnographic Methods Daniel Monterescu 2.0
Food, Culture and Politics Daniel Monterescu 2.0
Gendered Inequalities: Development and Globalisation (2017/18) Sarah Smith 4.0
Historical anthropology Martha Lampland 4.0
Introduction to Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative Balazs Vedres 2.0
JustData - University Wide Course Miklós Koren
Arieda Muço
Chrys Margaritidis
Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary)
Roberta Sinatra
Karoly Boroczky
Key Issues in Social and Cultural Anthropology Daniel Monterescu 2.0
Key Issues in Sociological Theory Dorit Geva 2.0
Law And Society Prem Kumar Rajaram 2.0
Logic of Social Inquiry Prem Kumar Rajaram 2.0
Neo-nationalism and the new right in contemporary societies Agnieszka Pasieka 4.0
Philosophy of Science: Core Contemporary Issues Maria Kronfeldner 2.0
Policy and Politics of "Heritage" Alexandra Kowalski 2.0
Popular Culture and Politics Anna Szemere 4.0
Postsocialist Capitalisms Violetta Zentai 2.0
Power and Resistance Dorit Geva 2.0
Practice-based Research Didem Pekün 2.0
Religion and Party Politics in the West Zsolt Enyedi 2.0
Religion: Current Debates Vlad Naumescu 4.0
Social Change and Labour Ju Li 4.0
Social Networks Balazs Vedres 4.0
Sound Studies: Listening & Creating between the Material, Medium and Metaphor Cameran Ashraf
Ian Cook
Sara Svensson
Sound studies: listening & creating between the material, medium and metaphor Ian Cook, Center for Media, Data and Society
Cameran Ashraf, School of Public Policy
Jeremy Braverman, CEU Library
Dumitrita Holdis, Center for Media, Data and Society
Sara Svensson, School of Public Policy
Judit Emese Konopás, Independent Sound Researcher
Zoltán Kovács, Budapest Metropolitan University
Lucia Udvardyová, Journalist and musician
State and Culture Alexandra Kowalski 4.0
The ethos of science: Objectivity, disintrestedness and autnomy Maria Kronfeldner 2.0
The Rise and Fall of Development Andreas Dafinger 4.0
Topics in the Philosophy of the Human and Social Sciences Maria Kronfeldner 4.0
Transnational Migration Ayse Caglar 4.0
Urban Change and the Right to the City Judit Bodnár 4.0
Visual Grammar Didem Pekun 2.0