SOAS University of London

African Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The MA in African Studies at SOAS University of London 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.

About

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.

Employment

A postgraduate degree in African Studies from SOAS University of London provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding.  Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. 

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. 

Some MA African Studies graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face. Among a variety of professions, career paths may include: Academia; Charity; Community; Government; NGOs; Media; Publishing and UN Agencies. 

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • BBC News
  • British Embassy
  • Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa
  • Goal Nigeria
  • Government of Canada
  • Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Kenyan Government
  • Mercy Corps
  • Migrant Resource Centre
  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • The London MENA Film Festival
  • The University of Tokyo
  • The World Bank
  • Think Africa Press
  • U.S. Embassy
  • United Nations
  • University of Namibia
  • World Vision UK
  • Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include: 

  • Development Producer
  • Africa Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Director of Trade and Investment
  • Projects and Fundraising Manager
  • Head of Desk, Africa
  • Senior Investment Manager
  • Sports Writer
  • Knowledge Management Projects Coordinator
  • Project Director
  • Presidential Advisor
  • Commodity Manager
  • Publisher
  • Tutor
  • Creative Consultant
  • Lecturer in African Arts and Cultures
  • East Africa Analyst
  • Youth Volunteer Advisor
  • Southern Region Educational Manager
  • Head Specialists Giving + Insights

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

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
    60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    105

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of First Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18980 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9225 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9225 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time 2 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £4,613
  • Overseas fees: £9,490

Part-time 3 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £3,075
  • Overseas fees: £6,327

Living costs for London

  • 1000 - 2600 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

    Scholarships
    • Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarships
    • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
    • Felix Scholarships
    • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
    • The Prospect Burma Scholarship
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