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MA/DiplomaAfrican Studies

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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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.

Programme structure

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.

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 (new)
Reading African Poetry
The Social Life of the Economy (new)
Trajectories of Emancipation in West Africa (new)
Yoruba Culture (new)

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

Career opportunities

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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States