|Location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
MA programmes normally require an Bachelor 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.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
Upload documents in original language and translations. Take originals along when you go to study.
IELTS : Score 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band. Or Cambridge English(CAE): Advanced Minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component.
Please note: TOEFL IBT test will not be accepted for September 2015 entry.
At least 2 reference(s) should be provided.
Two academic references (or if appropriate to the programme applied for, one could be from your employer).
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.
The programme provides you with the research training necessary to undertake a broad-based, multidisciplinary study of contemporary Africa and enhances your ability to prepare and present to an audience material you have researched.
To achieve Diploma level, you will need to complete six taught modules. MA students will need to complete six taught modules plus a 15,000-word dissertation.
You will study two core modules:
Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
Advanced Perspectives on Africa
You will also choose four optional modules from a range which includes:
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)
Yoruba Culture (new)
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.