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African Studies MA/PGDip

Course Description

The MA African Studies is a multidisciplinary programme focusing on contemporary Africa. It provides you with an understanding of major social, cultural, political and economic developments in Africa and the Diaspora. It also enables you to develop your critical and analytical powers in relation to current events in Africa, as well as your ability to approach contemporary African issues from interdisciplinary standpoints.

The programme provides you with the research training necessary to undertake a broad-based, multidisciplinary study of contemporary Africa and enhances your ability to prepare and present to an audience material you have researched.

Course content

To achieve Diploma level, you will need to complete six taught modules. MA students will need to complete six taught modules plus a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will study two core modules

- Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
- Advanced Perspectives on Africa

You will also choose four optional modules from a range which includes:

- African Fiction and its Critics
- Caribbean Fiction
- Caribbean Poetry
- Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
- History and Politics of Southern Africa
- Independent Study Module
- Livelihoods and Development in Africa (new)
- Media and Popular Culture in Africa
- Modern Ghana
- Reading African Poetry
- The Social Life of the Economy
- Trajectories of Emancipation in West Africa
- Yoruba Culture

One of your optional modules can also be taken from outside of African Studies, from within Arts or Social Sciences.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our African Studies graduates develop a range of skills including oral and written communication, analysis and evaluation, problem solving, independent working and research skills, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from architecture, to lecturing, to paid research. Historically, over 91% of African Studies students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the African Studies MA/PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

MA programmes normally require an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent with some background in the disciplines to be studied. Applicants with a background in other disciplines, or with less traditional qualifications, may be accepted for the Diploma in African Studies.

Course Fees

MA- Home/EU - £6570; Overseas- £14,850. Diploma- £2190 PT

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