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 courses

Africa and Development MA

This programme combines development studies with an interdisciplinary focus on Africa.

It provides an advanced understanding of the African cultural, political and historical circumstances which have been formative in the constitution of [more...]

African Studies MA/Diploma

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 [more...]

African Studies MRes

The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules.

It is aimed at those who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research in depth for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to take modules that [more...]

Social Research (African Studies) MA

This is a research programme that focuses on contemporary Africa.

It provides you with an understanding of major social, cultural, political and economic developments and provides you with the research training necessary to undertake a [more...]

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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