Postgraduate study in African Studies and Anthropology  

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology enjoys a long-standing international reputation as a centre of excellence in the study of Africa.


Postgraduate students come to DASA from all parts of the world, from Africa but also from places as far afield as Barbados, Brazil, India, Japan, Thailand and New Zealand, as well as from the USA, and from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and other European countries. 

We are a friendly, well integrated community. Staff and postgraduate students work together closely and discuss their research interests at regular meetings.There is also a regular programme of formal DASA seminars at which staff, postgraduate students and visiting scholars present papers and discuss their work-in-progress. In addition, DASA hosts occasional round-table inter-disciplinary research conferences, to which our postgraduate students are invited. There is a highly regarded series of in-house publications linked to these conferences, which often include work by DASA postgraduate students.

Research supervision is also available in a range of other subjects relating to Africa. 

Postgraduate programmes

Course NameLevelCourse typeStudy options
Africa and Development MAPostgraduateTaughtFull time, part time
African Studies MA/DiplomaPostgraduateTaughtFull time, part time
African Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)PostgraduateDistance learning, doctoral researchFull time, part time
Social Research (African Studies) MAPostgraduateTaughtFull time

Doctoral Training Partnership studentships available

The University of Birmingham is part of the Midlands4Cities DTP and the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP, both of which are offering postgraduate research studentships to campus-based UK/EU applicants across each DTP's partner institutions. AHRC awards are available across arts, law and humanities disciplines, and ESRC awards are available for a range of social science disciplines including Applied Linguistics, Area Studies (African Studies), Economic and Social History, and Socio-Legal Studies.

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All of our postgraduate students become part of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Visit the website to find out more about its vibrant research community and top class facilities, as well as funding and scholarship opportunities