University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

African Studies

The course is designed both for students who want to enhance their understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic history and present condition of Africa and for those who want to go on to further primary research; it provides intensive research and language training for those who wish to go on to prepare a doctoral dissertation, but it is also a free-standing postgraduate degree course in its own right.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree and a good command of English; candidates with degrees from UK universities are asked to achieve a high 2.1 degree as a minimum.

Course modules

Core course: Africa in the longue dur�e; colonialism in the history and historiography of Africa; gender, the family and youth; God, gods, missionaries and their African translators; perspectives on the state in Africa; citizenship, ethnicity, autochthony and belonging; development, poverty and wealth; popular culture and the post-colony; land use and the environment; health and healing; violence; Africa in the world, past, present and future. Options courses: Students enrol for one option course to examine the African continent from the perspective of a particular academic discipline, such as history, politics, law, religion, development. Language training: Students are enrolled for 'Swahili basic 1' at the University of Cambridge language centre. If appropriate, another African language can be studied by arrangement with the course director.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of 2 parts: 2 coursework essays and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 9,960 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
MPhil Full-time £ 19,557 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

MPhil Office
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