African Studies

University of Basel

Master On Campus
24 months
1596 EUR/year
1596 EUR/year
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The African Studies Master's program at the University of Basel provides students with in-depth knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary academic engagement with Africa


The Master's Program African Studies at the University of Basel is designed across subjects and faculties and is studied without a second study subject.

The focus is on five thematic priorities, with a special interest of the   Center for African Studies Basel (ZASB) of the city in Africa and the rapidly progressing urbanization on the continent.

  • Media and Imagination : How are increasingly visually oriented information and communication technologies changing societies in Africa? Which fears, hopes, goals and dreams of the people articulate themselves in media and pictures?
  • Knowledge Production and Transfer : How is knowledge generated, concentrated, negotiated and passed on in the African context? Do cities make a hub for the development of an African knowledge society?
  • Governance and Politics : How is political governance reproduced in a rapidly changing context? How is the everyday practice of political administration and service in Africa shaped?
  • Public Health and Social Life : What are the challenges in healthcare in Africa? How do people deal with health systems? What is their resilience to crises based on?
  • Environment and Development : How do the natural laws of global change affect the built environment? What conditions must be met to ensure the sustainable use of urban and rural habitats?

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociology
  • Social Anthropology
  • History
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Media and Imagination
  • Knowledge Production and Transfer
  • Governance and Politics
  • Public Health and Social Life
  • Environment and Development
  • Interdisciplinary and Applied African Studies
  • Research Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The proof is required of a subject-related Bachelor's degree BA or BSc according to the curriculum of the MSG African Studies. The master's program is strongly influenced by social science. Corresponding basic knowledge, African experience or knowledge about Africa are an advantage, but not a prerequisite for admission. 
  • After registering with the Office of Studies (see section beginning of studies), the Teaching Committee African Studies will carry out a technical examination of the dossiers and, if necessary, formulate conditions for admission. The study secretariat announces the Rectorate decision.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1596 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 798 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1596 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 798 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • CHF 850 per semester


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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African Studies
University of Basel