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2nd level - Joint-Master programme CREOLE



CREOLE - Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes

A European Joint MA Programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology


Presentation of the programme in pdf. 

Presentation prepared by the head coordinator, prof. dr. Thomas Fillitz, University of Vienna.

Coordinator of the programme Creole at the University of Ljubljana is Jaka Repič, assistant for its implementation is Ana Svetel.

CREOLE is the first Joint European Master Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and has been running since the autumn of 2007/08. Developed in the framework of the EU ERASMUS programme, CREOLE is a research master designed for students wishing to specialise in topical areas of anthropology such as transnationalism, new identities, material culture and visual culture.

CREOLE encourages student mobility within Europe by offering institutional academic and career opportunities across six countries.

The core curriculum is spread over four semesters/2 years and is subdivided into modules. The programme’s main language is English. Students study at either two or three universities of the consortium and are encouraged to improve their language skills also in either German, Spanish, Slovene, French or Swedish.

Each department offers unique study opportunities in terms of academic specialisation, university culture, regional and national culture. Students should make use of this diversity for their research which is preferably empirical.

At the Socrates Intensive Summer Programme at the end of semester 2 all CREOLE students and faculty meet for 10 days of lectures and discussions.

Students’ Master thesis are jointly supervised by two lecturers of two different departments of the consortium.

Students receive a Master diploma with a diploma supplement issued by all six European universities.


CREOLE has been developed jointly by the following six anthropology departments:

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie), University of Vienna (Universität Wien) (coordination)
contact: Ayşe Çağlar

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (El Departamento de Antropología Social y Cultural, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
contact: Dan Rodríguez

Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana
contact: Jaka Repič

Department of Anthropology (Département d’Anthropologie), University of Lyon II (Université Lumière Lyon II)
contact: Marie-Pierre Gibert 

Department of Social Anthropology (Department of Social Anthropology), National University of Ireland - Maynooth (National University of Ireland – Maynooth)
contact: Steve Coleman

Department of Social Anthropology (Socialantropologiska institutionen), University of Stockholm (Stockholms Universitet)*
contact: Marie Larsson 

* In September, 2018, the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm, in compliance with the consortium agreement, informed the partner departments that with the study year 2019-2020, Stockholm will no more take part in the joint degree programme Creole. As the procedures in implementing changes in joint degree are relatively slow, the official description of the programme remains the same, we inform students here that from the academic year 2019-20 there will be no more exchange with the University in Stockholm.

Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
contact: Malgorzata Kowalska    

Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bern (Universität Bern)
contact: Michaele Schäuble


The programme runs over 4 semesters, amounting to 120 ECTS.

The general curriculum consists of 7 modules of 15 ECTS each (exception: thesis module 2, 30 ECTS).

1+2) General Anthropology
large choice of courses in general anthropology, 2 modules

3+4) CREOLE thematic modules (Students have to choose two of the three modules):

  • New Identities
  • Material Culture and Consumption
  • Visual Culture, Popular Culture and Regional Studies

5) Erasmus module
Intensive Summer Programme, guest lectures by visiting faculty

6) Thesis 1
research for thesis, empirical or theoretical

7) Thesis 2
writing of thesis, seminar, defence of thesis

Disposition of the MA thesis - Creole Programme.

Student mobility

Students study at two or three universities of the consortium. There are a variety of mobility options (which semester/s to spend where), partly depending on scholarships (usually ERASMUS), students’ research interests and preferred supervisors.

Joint supervision

Each student has two supervisors, one lecturer of his/her “home” department (first department where student attends CREOLE) and one lecturer of the department he/she visits.


ECTS are the European Credit Transfer System points, ensuring transparency and comparability of credits taken at the different universities.


The official, national MA diploma with the title MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

A joint MA-diploma of all universities in the consortium, which is the supplement to the official, national diploma.

Career opportunities

Anthropological insights are becoming increasingly relevant in an information-based world economy, where an understanding of cultural differences is crucial – from local to international contexts.

CREOLE students learn to study and analyse multiple, complex lifeworlds, deal with cultural diversity, transnationalism, visual culture and popular culture.

Such in-depth training in anthropology gives graduates an advantage in preparing for a career in community work, education, the health professions, aid and development projects, business and administration, amongst other careers.

The CREOLE programme also encourages student mobility within Europe by offering institutional academic and career opportunities across six countries.

At the successful completion of the MA, students may also be encouraged to submit a proposal for a PhD in any of the partner universities.

Entry requirements

1. BA in Anthropology or cognate discipline or equivalent previous studies (180 ECTS).
2. Proficiency in English mandatory.
3. Willingness to study in two or three universities of the consortium.

Competence in either German, Spanish, Slovenian, French, Swedish is a benefit. Applicants are encouraged to learn one of these languages respectively improve their language skills while attending the programme.

Students are encouraged to carry out empirical research in one or more of the six cities/regions of the consortium.


Students pay the fees of the university through which they enter the programme. The fees at the universities which they visit during the four semesters are waived.


The scholarship to which the majority of European students are entitled is the ERASMUS student mobility scholarship. However, students who are not entitled to ERASMUS can also enrol in the programme. The local coordinators will advise them about alternative funding possibilities.


Applications are welcome at any consortium university.

The programme starts each autumn. Depending on the university applicants wish to apply for, applications are due between February and June of the same year. Please consult the homepage for details.

At the University of Ljubljana, the application is usually open in late August(please check the deadline at the Slovene part of the web-page of the faculty); please follow the instructions). After the application, the accepted students will register at the end of September.



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