MA program

  • Program name: Ethnology and Folkloristics

  • Program duration: 4 semesters

  • Program form: full-time

  • Admission requirement: admission exam

  • Degree specification: Ethnography MA with a certificate in the humanities

  • Number of credits required for MA: 120

  • Major orientation: practice oriented

  • Available specializations: Folkloristics, Material culture and cultural heritage specialist

  • Foreign language requirement: complex B2 language exam certificate


Ethnography MA objectives aim at developing experts who are

- acquainted with the disciplines of ethnography, European ethnology, folkloristics and cultural anthropology, 

- able to analyze and interpret their own culture and other cultures, 

- tolerant towards foreign cultures, 

- competent in cultural research, 

- and understand and interpret the past and present operating procedures of culture.

- They are also capable of independent cultivation of their respective scholarly field, 

- of contributing to its further professional and methodological development,

- of conducting reflexive research activities in social sciences,

- and of the application of theoretical, methodological and practical principles related to contemporary domestic and international trends of thought.


The objective is to promote the development of skills related to understanding and mastering a narrower or special field within ethnography and cultural anthropology, which simultaneously serves as a basis for future participation in a doctoral program.


Upon completing the MA program in ethnography, graduates will be able to

  • practice the instruction of academic research and material related to the field of ethnography,
  • preserve and protect museology and cultural heritage in the field of ethnography,
  • work in the field of text philology,
  • participate in public education activities,
  • apply their knowledge concerning the history and the current relevance of ethnic/nationality/minority issues in Europe and in the whole world,
  • draw upon their familiarity with cultural geography (including factors of landscape, ecology, agriculture/farming),
  • handle issues related to homeland knowledge required for educational policy (in and outside Hungary) and to the traditional (past and present) culture of nationalities in Hungary,
  • use their understanding of religious studies, folk beliefs, popular piety and ethnography of religion (even in the practice of ministry and pastoral care),
  • dispose of their comprehension of the relevant professional critical literature, foreign languages, history, history of education, folk music, folk dance and folk art,
  • put into practice the theoretical background required for comparative studies and research (in the fields of, e.g., Finno-Ugric studies, oriental studies, ancient history, comparative literary studies and linguistics, and comparative religious studies, etc.).


As graduates from the Ethnography MA, they will also dispose of the following outcomes as a result of meeting the objectives stated above:

  • comprehensive knowledge in the fields of folkloristics, ethnography and cultural anthropology,
  • skills and proficiency in handling and processing historical sources, in the application of contemporary methods of philology and in the theory and methodology of inter-disciplinary research,
  • a deep awareness and appreciation of the field of their specialization,
  • the faculty of orientation in the various fields of comparative research,
  • a knowledge of the relationships between and within folk and national cultures,
  • a profound understanding of the cultures of peoples in and outside Europe and the skill to analyze them,
  • familiarity with the history of science and problems in relation to other sciences and the special fields of science and scholarship (folkloristics, ethnography, cultural anthropology) in and outside of Hungary and Europe,
  • skills and proficiency in the general methodology of academic research and in specialized research of folkloristics, ethnography and cultural anthropology, as well as in the most important current trends of cultivating their scholarly field in order to identify specific research topics,
  • ability to recognize the connections with other related sciences and scholarly fields and the practical expediency and benefits of the specialized field as well as the further development potential within their acquired aptitudes,
  • familiarity with and proficiency in folkloristics/ethnography/cultural anthropology fieldwork and in the utilization of material available in museums and archives as well as in the special fields of image and sound recording, digitalization, computer-based research and the construction of databases.


Upon completing the Ethnography MA program, graduates will have a sound basis for   

  • conducting independent academic research (the program constitutes the foundation for  pursuing studies for a doctoral degree),
  • teaching,
  • contemporary cultural and cultural-policy activities (organization, management, programs, projects, designing, developing and implementing plans),
  • filling job positions related to cultural heritage (developing the economic, ecological and cultural guidelines for museums, cultural institutions, NGOs, and regional development plans, as well as preparing background materials for these),
  • pursuing activities related to general culture and education,

disseminating scientific and scholarly knowledge, providing information (to the press and other forms of the media or through book publishing,).

Last update: 2023. 09. 05. 15:37