Please note: the Centre of African Studies does not offer a PhD programme. However, there are PhD students studying Africa-related topics in faculties and departments across the University, and we encourage our students to seek out the numerous opportunities available. A directory of faculties and departments is available here.
Although the MPhil in African Studies is a recognised postgraduate qualification in its own right, many students use it as a basis for proceeding to doctoral study. The course provides a thorough preparation for advanced level research, through the historiographical and conceptual emphasis offered by the taught component, and through the significant research component offered by the dissertation. Visit our alumni page to find out about the PhD projects our graduates are pursuing at universities all over the world.
If you are considering continuing to a PhD at Cambridge, you should seek guidance as early as possible in the academic year. Most faculties and departments offer PhD course literature via their websites, and you should also consult your dissertation supervisor for specific advice. Note that if you wish to apply for funding for a PhD, you will need to do so almost as soon as you begin your MPhil course, due to strict deadlines set by the Graduate Admissions Office. Further, to be accepted on to the PhD course, a supervisor for your research project must be available within the University of Cambridge.