M.A. African Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP17215 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP7985 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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| London, England, United Kingdom
The MA in African Studies provides an unrivalled programme of advanced courses on Africa; one of the worldís 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

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • GBP17215 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP7985 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Part-time 2 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £3,993
  • Overseas fees: £8,608

Part-time 3 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £2,662
  • Overseas fees: £5,738
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 36 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Course Options
Anthropology (minor only)
  • Culture and Society of West Africa - 15PANC083 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Culture and Society of East Africa - 15PANC084 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World - 15PANH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain - 15PANH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa - 15PARH052 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa - 15PARH048 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Economic development in Africa - 15PECC203 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa - 15PHIH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 - 15PHIH003 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Warfare and the Military in African History - 15PHIC070 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries - 15PHIH028 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa - 15PHIH029 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2015/2016
Language (minor only)
  • Amharic 1 (PG) - 15PAFC130 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Amharic 2 (PG) - 15PAFC131 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Hausa 1 (PG) - 15PAFC136 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Hausa 2 (PG) - 15PAFC138 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Somali 1 (PG) - 15PAFC132 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Somali 2 (PG) - 15PAFC133 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) - 15PAFC140 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) - 15PAFC141 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Swahili 3 (PG) - 15PAFC142 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Practical translation from and into Swahili - 15PAFC029 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) - 15PAFC134 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Yoruba 2 (PG) - 15PAFC135 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Zulu 1 (PG) - 15PAFC128 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Zulu 2 (PG) - 15PAFC129 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Zulu 3 (PG) - 15PAFC137 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Islamic law (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC121 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Linguistics
  • The Structure of Bantu Languages (PG) - 15PAFH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Literatures in African languages - 15PAFC124 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo - 15PAFC139 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) - 15PAFC146 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • African Philosophy (PG) - 15PAFH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Afrophone Philosophies (PG) - 15PAFH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa - 15PAFH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 - 15PAFH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2015/2016
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals - 15PAFH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Photography and the Image in Africa - 15PARH082 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Government and politics in Africa - 15PPOC205 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Religious Studies
  • Preaching, Prayer and Politics: Independent Christians in Southern Africa - 15PSRH042 (0.5 unit Unit)
  • African Missionaries - 15PSRH043 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Religions and Development - 15PSRH049 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2

English Language Requirements

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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. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university.

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.

English language requirements

In order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.

Score for Unconditional Entry

  • IELTS: Overall 7+ with at least 7 in all sub scores
  • TOEFL: iBT105+ with at least 25 in all sub scores
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic: Score of 75 or above with at least 70 in all sub scores

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  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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