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
- Caribbean Fiction
- Caribbean Poetry
- 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.
Why study this course
Jovia Salifu, MA African Studies
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:
- Home/EU: £6,210 full-time; £3,105 part-time
- Overseas: £14,140 full-time
- Home/EU: £4,140 full-time; £2,070 part-time
- Overseas: £14,140 full-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government; the allocation of the awards, which is the fourth highest in the UK, further cements Birmingham?s place amongst the very best higher education institutions for postgraduate study. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
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.
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English language requirements
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