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Please note that 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. Please see the directory of faculties and departments for more details.

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.

Applicants who are considering continuing to a PhD at Cambridge should seek guidance as early as possible in the academic year. Most faculties and departments offer PhD course literature via their websites; it is also advisable to consult the dissertation supervisor for specific advice. Note that if students wish to apply for funding for a PhD, they will need to do so almost as soon as they begin their MPhil course, due to strict deadlines set by the Graduate Admissions office.

The MPhil office

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