Masters Programs in African Studies

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African Studies

Master-level studies involve specialized research in a given subject or area of professional practice, demonstrating a level of higher mastery of the field. Program lengths range from one to two years, depending on the area of study.

What is a Master in African Studies? The program prepares students to pursue a highly focused and demanding course of study by combining classroom work with field study. Students have multiple options to design transnational and interdisciplinary programs geared toward their specific interests. Coursework may include introduction to comparative education, research methodologies, urbanization in the developing world, culturalism in North Africa, African politics and global African studies.

The benefits of earning an African studies master’s degree include learning skills that benefit students’ personal and professional lives. They learn how to problem solve, communicate, organize, work with teams, self-manage and the relationship between various countries in Africa, North America and Europe.

Because program lengths vary from school to school, there are a wide range of costs. Students are encouraged to contact individual institutions that interest them and request specific fee expectations.

Graduates of this program often find marketable career opportunities in diverse industries such as human resources, politics, publishing, education, non-profit organizations, law, medicine, communications and news media. It opens the door to a wide variety of career choices and jobs, including cultural advisor, field service agent, human rights activist, lawyer, lobbyist, United Nations ambassador, immigration consultant, multiculturalism liaison officer, non-profit foundation manager, journalist, community outreach director and foreign correspondent.

Many online options exist for this program, which is helpful for prospective students in remote areas with limited access to a university. It also makes it easier for today’s adult learners to enroll in classes through distance learning modules. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) in African Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centers. [+]

Research Degrees in African Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centers.

Structure

All students register in year 1 of the programme as MPhil students. The upgrade from MPhil to PhD takes place at the end of the first academic session for full-time students (or at the end of the second academic session for part-time students).... [-]