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MPhil in African Studies Overview

MPhil in African Studies Overview

At a time when Africa is often represented as a place in need of outsiders’ benevolence and direction, the Cambridge MPhil in African Studies provides the analytical and critical skills to study African societies on their own terms. Offering a taught course with a substantial research component, the MPhil is designed for students wishing to obtain a professional qualification that develops their historical and contemporary understanding of Africa’s societies, politics, economies, and cultures. Other students enrol to receive intensive academic preparation for PhD opportunities, and our graduates have an impressive track record of securing funding to study at top universities all over the world. Our alumni have pursued careers in both the public and private sectors, in areas such as consultancy, banking, risk management, education, PR and journalism. Some have gone on to work for Africa-based NGOs, research consultancies and development agencies.

The MPhil in African Studies accepted its first cohort of students in October 2010. Our students come from across the world and from a wide range of academic and work backgrounds. They are attracted by the reputation of Cambridge as a world-class university and by the rigour of our teaching and supervision. Compared to other taught Masters’ programmes, the Cambridge MPhil in African Studies is particularly notable for the level of personal attention given to students. All coursework teaching is in small groups, and lecturers often incorporate students’ specific academic interests into class discussions and prescribed readings. Enrolling on a core course and an option course, students also work independently on a dissertation with an expert supervisor - view the range of past research topics here. In addition, the Centre of African Studies provides its own MPhil students with a limited amount of research funding. We also offer the fantastic opportunity to learn an African language and all students have access to the extensive transferable skills training provided at the University of Cambridge.

To find out more about the course, please visit our pages for prospective students and current students. Information about funding opportunities for the MPhil in African Studies can be found here.

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The MPhil office

Centre of African Studies
Alison Richard Building
7 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DT
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MPhil administrator: Ms Victoria Jones
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 334396