University of Edinburgh

College of Humanities and Social Science

MSC African Studies


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc, Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University of Edinburgh is one of Britain's leading international Universities. With links all over the world, the University is noted for the quality of its teaching and research across a wide range of disciplines. Introduction The MSc African Studies is an established and highly-regarded degree programme that offers an intensive introduction to the study of Africa. This is the longest-running degree programme offered by our Centre of African Studies, one of the world’s leading centres of Africa-focused knowledge and research. The MSc. in African Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa. Our staff draw not only from the social sciences, but also from business, law, divinity, religion, and the natural sciences to provide a broad and deep grounding in Africa's past, present and future The programme has recently been restructured to meet growing student demand. It retains its core strengths of Anthropology, Politics and History, but it now offers students a greater Africa-focused research component, along with a suite of exciting new course options to better suit diverse research and employment interests. Who is this programme for? The programme is suitable for those students (including Africa-based students) with some existing knowledge of the continent and who want to enhance their Africa-specific research skills. Other elements of the MSc in African Studies make the programme equally appropriate to those students whose existing knowledge of Africa is more limited.  Programme aims: The programme will provide you with the analytical tools and the empirical knowledge to understand some of the fundamental forces that have shaped, and are shaping, Africa. It combines a strong core curriculum with the flexibility to develop individual interests towards specialist expertise. Structure and Courses The MSc. in African Studies can be taken on a full (one-year) or part-time (two years) basis and consists of two main elements. The first is the taught element comprising six courses of 20 credits each (or courses totaling 120 units), including three compulsory core courses and three course options; the second is a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice. All students take three core courses: Modern Africa and Contemporary African Issues and Debates in semester one, and Research in Africa in semester two. Students make up the remainder of their six courses from options provided by the Centre of African Studies, other subject groups in the School of Social and Political Science, or (subject to the approval of the Programme Director) from other Schools in the University. Semester 1 options to go with the Modern Africa and Contemporary African Issues and Debates core courses: Swahili 1A  Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection* Governing Mineral Extraction in Africa  Transitional Justice in Context  Anthropology of Health and Healing  International Political Economy  History of Christianity in Africa  Religion and the New African Diaspora Core Quantitative Data Analysis Semester 2 options to go with the Research in Africa core course: Swahili 1B  Africa in International Politics Research Design* Qualitative Methods and Ethnographic Fieldwork* The Documents of Life* Reflexivity in Qualitative Research*  Survey Methods and Data* Analysing Qualitative Data* African Cities  Evaluation Research Methods  Genocide and Ethnic Conflict  Urban Development  Deconstructing Development: Technology and Development Policy  Social Network Analysis: Mapping and Exploring the Network Society  Careers Past students of the MSc. in African Studies have continued on to careers in government, international organisations, diplomacy, non-governmental organisations, policy-making and think-tanks, universities and in industry and the private sector. The degree is also recognised as providing the research training necessary to progress to Ph.D. study.


Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh

International Student Requirements:

For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website. Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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