The MA African Studies is a multidisciplinary programme focusing on contemporary Africa.
It provides you with an understanding of major social, cultural, political and economic developments in Africa and the Diaspora. 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.
We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
You will study two core modules:
Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
This module is a practical hands-on introduction to research methods which takes you through the process of defining a research topic; identifying and accessing sources, including archival and electronic sources; compiling a bibliography; producing an overview of existing work on the topic; designing a project; establishing a timetable; gaining research permission; the ethics of research; planning and executing fieldwork; using interviews and surveys; using photography, sound and video recording; keeping field notes; archival research; assessing and analyzing findings; and writing up
Advanced Perspectives on Africa
This module deals with areas of concern and debate in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. It is hinged around the concept of the ´postcolony´ (and the literature concerning it) and its relationship to evolving political cultures and ideas about and/or exemplary instances of articulations in the public sphere. You will be asked to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to your guided and independent reading, then to identify and develop case studies of especial interest to you and to research these in the relevant literatures. The module will make featured use of research in and resources drawn from the Internet so as to explore areas of concern and debate in the immediately contemporary context of ´breaking news.´
You will also choose four optional modules from a range which may include:
African Fiction and its Critics
Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
History and Politics of Southern Africa
Independent Study Module
Livelihoods and Development in Africa (new)
Media and Popular Culture in Africa
Modern Ghana (new)
Reading African Poetry
The Social Life of the Economy (new)
Trajectories of Emancipation in West Africa (new)
Detailed module descriptions of DASA modules
One of your optional modules can also be taken from outside of African Studies, from within Arts or Social Sciences.
Our African Studies graduates develop a range of skills including oral and written communication, analysis and evaluation, problem solving, independent working and research skills, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from architecture, to lecturing, to paid research. Historically, over 91% of African Studies students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
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