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.
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.
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:
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:
Africa in International Politics
Qualitative Methods and Ethnographic Fieldwork*
The Documents of Life*
Reflexivity in Qualitative Research*
Survey Methods and Data*
Analysing Qualitative Data*
Evaluation Research Methods
Genocide and Ethnic Conflict
Deconstructing Development: Technology and Development Policy
Social Network Analysis: Mapping and Exploring the Network Society
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.
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International Financial Aid: No
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