African Studies, M.Phil. | University of Cambridge | Cambridge, United Kingdom
9 months
30339 GBP/year
16050 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The African Studies programme is offered by the University of Cambridge. This programme offers a taught course with a substantial research component and provides an excellent foundation for students wanting to develop their knowledge of Africa.


The African Studies programme offered by the University of Cambridge is designed for students who wish to enhance their historical and contemporary understanding of Africa’s societies, politics, economics, and cultures, as well as for those who wish to apply for advanced research degrees. 

The degree thus offers a highly regarded postgraduate qualification relevant to a wide range of professional careers, as well as intensive research and language training for students planning to prepare a doctoral dissertation.

The course introduces the latest research approaches and methodologies in African studies at an advanced level. Students have the advantage of developing an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and academic writing, the opportunity to develop skills in an African language, and also receive specialist research training.

The African Studies programme is structured by four key elements: a core course, an option course, a dissertation, and language training. Full details of the course can be found on the Centre’s website.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should have acquired:

  • A deeper knowledge and understanding of African studies and its critical debates
  • A conceptual and contextual understanding enabling the evaluation of past and present research on Africa and its methodologies
  • The knowledge and technical skills required for pursuing original research in their chosen area
  • The ability to situate their own research within current and past methodological and interpretative developments in the field
  • Increased proficiency in speaking an African language and/or in using an African language for academic purposes

Programme Structure

Course overview:
  • The MPhil in African Studies is a taught postgraduate course, structured by four key elements. These are the core course, the option course, the dissertation, and African language training.
  • Formal assessment consists of two parts: coursework essays and a dissertation. You are also required to submit a "practice" essay on a topic related to your dissertation research, and a formal dissertation proposal, but these are not formally assessed. 
  • African language training is also not a formal part of the degree assessment, but all students are required to demonstrate that they have attended language teaching and made good progress at language acquisition. 
  • The language element of the MPhil course is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre and the Centre of African Studies. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Research proposal 
  • Sample of work 

Tuition Fee

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    30339 GBP/year
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  • National

    16050 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16050 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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