The multidisciplinary African Studies programme from University of Birmingham provides you with the research training necessary to undertake a broad-based, multidisciplinary study of contemporary Africa. It provides you with an understanding of major social, cultural, political and economic developments in Africa and the Diaspora.
It enhances your ability to prepare and present to an audience material you have researched. It also enables you to develop your critical and analytical powers in relation to current events in Africa, as well as your ability to approach contemporary African issues from interdisciplinary standpoints.
As well as offering a range of original, research-led modules, students are also encouraged to participate actively in the AFRICA Talks, the Graduate Fora, the annual Cadbury fellowships and conferences and explore African societies, past and present, from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.
The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.
You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:
- Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
- Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
- Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
- Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV
- Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
- Advanced Perspectives on Africa
- African Fiction and its Critics
- Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
- Independent Study
- Letting Them Speak: Ethnographies of Marginalisation
- Livelihoods and Development in Africa
- Slavery and Freedom in Twentieth Century Africa
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Political Science View 493 other Masters in Political Science in United Kingdom
MA programmes normally require an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent with some background in the disciplines to be studied. Applicants with a background in other disciplines, or with less traditional qualifications, may be accepted for the Diploma in African Studies.
International21240 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21240 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9810 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9810 GBP per year during 12 months.
UK: £4,905 part-time
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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