We hope your time studying on the MPhil in African Studies will prove to be both enjoyable and worthwhile. Graduate life in Cambridge can sometimes be overwhelming, but it is also intensely rewarding, both intellectually and socially. These pages aim to assist current students with the settling in process, offering guidance on the course content (core course, option courses, dissertation and language training) and course assessment and vital information about the teaching timetable and course deadlines. Information on MPhil administration, Library facilities, and research seminars and skills training is also available. You will also find guidance on submitting essays and writing-up the dissertation and how to avoid plagiarism as well as the examination guidelines. You may also find the University guidance for current students useful.
Once you arrive in Cambridge, you should contact your dissertation supervisor and arrange to meet. Your supervisor will give you specific advice on your MPhil work and how to get started. To help you further with the settling-in process, in the first week of the academic year, there will be an induction day for all MPhil in African Studies students. This event gives you the opportunity to meet your fellow students, as well as the administrative and teaching staff involved with the MPhil course. Details of the induction day will be posted to you at your College shortly before the academic year begins.
Once again, a very warm welcome to Cambridge.
Professor Harri Englund
Course Director and Academic Secretary to the MPhil in African Studies