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Programme description

This is an established and highly regarded programme that offers an intensive introduction to the study of Africa.

Grounded in the disciplines of anthropology, politics and history our MSc in African Studies provides the analytical tools and the empirical knowledge to understand some of the fundamental forces that are shaping Africa in the twenty-first century.

The programme is suitable for anyone looking to strengthen their Africa-specific research skills or broaden their knowledge base, whether they are well-acquainted with African issues or looking to develop new more nuanced understanding of the region.

Programme structure

You will complete two compulsory courses and four option courses including courses on African politics, public health, transitional justice. gender and development, and postcolonial history.

A weekly seminar series and other events will enhance your learning.

After the taught courses, you will work towards your independently researched dissertation.

Career opportunities

Past students have continued on to doctoral programmes in the UK and overseas, and to careers related to, or in, Africa with non-governmental organisations, international organisations, governments, universities and in the private sector.

In addition, you will develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, and research skills, which can be applied to roles in any field.


Visit the African Studies (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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