MA African Studies

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA in African Studies provides an unrivalled programme of advanced modules 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. 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, be 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 the 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.


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. A maximum of 60 credits can be taken from one discipline and a minimum of three disciplines must be covered. For students opting to take two language acquisition modules, only one of these can be from an introductory level.

The discipline areas covered on the programme are Anthropology, Art, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Media, Politics, Religious Studies, and Language.

When applying, applicants are asked to specify their preferred major and minor subjects, and asked to give alternative choices as practical considerations such as timetabling and availability of modules may limit freedom of choice.

All modules are subject to availability.

Module Options

Anthropology (minor only)

  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15 credits) Term 1
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15 credits) Term 2


  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 (15 credits) Term 2


  • African Economic Development 1 (MSc RID) 15PECC057 (15 credits) Term 1
  • African Economic Development 2 (MSc RID) 15PECC058 (15 credits) Term 2


  • Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Warfare and the Military in Modern Africa 15PHIH046 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Warfare and the Military in Precolonial Africa 15PHIH047 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Language (minor only)

  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30credits) Full Year
  • Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 (30credits) Full Year
  • Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Somali: Formal Usage (PG) 15PAFC148 (30credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 (30credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 (30credits) Full Year
  • Practical Translation Swahili into English 15PAFH014 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Directed Readings in an African Language 15PAFC147 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 (30credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 (30credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zulu 3 (PG) 15PAFC137 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018


  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 (30credits) Full Year


  • The Structure of Bantu Languages (PG) 15PAFH011 (15 credits) Term 2


  • Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 (30credits) Full Year
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 (15 credits) Term 2
  • African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018


  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018


  • Music in Africa: Critical Listening 15PMUH028 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Music in Africa: Travelling on a Song 15PMUH026 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Atlantic Africa: Musical Rebels and Divas 15PMUH029 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Atlantic Africa: Players in the Mediation of African Popular Music 15PMUH027 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018


  • Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 (30credits) Full Year

Religious Studies

  • Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 (15 credits) Term 2
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