African Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The MA in African Studies provides an unrivalled programme of advanced courses on Africa; one of the world’s most fascinating and challenging regions. The opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the continent is a particular advantage of the degree.


Students can choose from a range of about 30 courses in fourteen disciplines. Our former students have chosen to study Africa at this level for a wide range of reasons.

For some a deep interest in the history and culture or political economy of a particular region is sufficient motivation, but for many students the programme has, in addition, been followed with the intention of furthering their career opportunities. Some go on to work either in Africa or in fields related to Africa. The opportunity to combine study of particular African subjects with an African language is very useful, although some evidence of competence in learning a foreign language is usually required.

Recipients of the MA African Studies have entered various professions after leaving the Department. Some have been able to pursue careers directly related to their study area while others have made use of the general intellectual training provided by the advanced study of cultures for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems contemporary societies now face. Among a variety of professions, career paths may include:

  • Academia
  • Charity
  • Community
  • Government
  • NGO's
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • UN Agencies

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 
  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 
  • Economic development in Africa 
  • Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 
  • Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 
  • Warfare and the Military in African History 
  • Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 
  • Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 
  • Literatures in African languages 
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel 
  • African Philosophy 
  • Afrophone Philosophies 
  • Preaching, Prayer and Politics: Independent Christians in Southern Africa
  • African Missionaries 
  • Religions and Development 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months

      Two or three years

    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 105

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. 

If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 18075 International
  • GBP 8785 EU/EEA

Part-time 2 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £4,393
  • Overseas fees: £9,038

Part-time 3 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £2,928
  • Overseas fees: £6,025


UK and EU postgraduate students

  • For EU nationals, we recommend contacting the Education Ministry in your home country for information about government funding for study.
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