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Important dates


Tue 4 Oct
Michaelmas term begins
Submit your confirmation of admission form to the MPhil Office

Induction day at Centre of African Studies, 9.30am-3pm, room S3, ARB

Thurs 6 Oct Submit options course choice form to the MPhil Office at CAS
Thur 13 Oct Deadline for applying to the MPhil office for exemption from Swahili Basic 1
Mon 17 Oct First CAS seminar of Michaelmas term
Fri 21 Oct Ensure you have met with your dissertation supervisor by this date
Mon 31 Oct Submit your practice essay topic to the MPhil Office
Fri 2 Dec
Michaelmas term ends
Mon 5 Dec
'Politics in Africa' option students to submit review to the MPhil Office by 12.00pm


Tues 17 Jan
Lent term begins
Deadline for submitting your practice essay to the MPhil Office by 12.00pm
Examined core course essay questions are distributed to students
Mon 23 Jan
First CAS seminar of Lent term
Wed 25 Jan
Submit proposed option course essay question to the MPhil Office
Submit your dissertation plan and title to the MPhil Office
Thurs 2 Feb
Deadline for re-submitting your practice essay in case of a fail mark
Wed 1 March
Deadline for submitting your core course essay to the to the MPhil Office by 12.00pm
Sat 11 March
Swahili reading examination (time and venue tbc)
Mon 3 April
Deadline for submitting your option course essay to the MPhil Office by 12.00pm
Lent term ends
Tues 25 April Easter term begins
Wed 26 April Dissertation workshop, room S3, ARB
Wed 14 June
Deadline for submitting your dissertation to the MPhil Office by 12.00pm
Easter term ends
Fri 30 June You must remain in Cambridge until this date in case an oral examination (viva voce) of your dissertation is required

Submission dates

The key dates for the submission of work for this course are:

Wednesday 25 January 2017
Dissertation title and plan
Wednesday 1 March 2017, 12.00pm Essay of not more than 5,000 words for the core course
Monday 3 April 2017, 12.00pm Essay of not more than 5,000 words for the option course
Wednesday 14 June 2017, 12.00pm     Dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 word

All work must be submitted to the MPhil Office at the Centre of African Studies, unless otherwise specified. 

Essays and dissertations must be submitted in 2 hard copies along with an electronic copy (can be sent via e-mail to

See Essays and Dissertation for more detailed information on approved styles for essays and dissertations.