Top 10 African Studies Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

A masters degree course in African Studies is a varied subject so it's important to understand your future plans when deciding on which course to apply for. 

Some courses concentrate on the health, scientific or technological development of Africa resulting in an MSc, while other courses focus on culture, language and history usually resulting in an MA.

Here’s a selection of ten of the best Masters Degree Courses In African Studies*.

MSc in African Studies – University of Oxford

Duration: 9 months full time. 
Cost: £13,647 for UK and EU students / £23,027 for international students. 
What You Will Study: This course at the University of Oxford can be used as an introduction to development in Africa or as the beginning of the path towards a PhD. Modules include Themes in African History and Methodology, Ethics, and Research Strategies.

MSc in African Development – London School of Economics

Duration: 1 year full time. 
Cost: £13,536 for UK and EU students / £20,904 for international students. 
What You Will Study: The MSc in African Development at LSE focuses on the study of past development, politics and the economy in Africa and looks into the ways that Africa can develop in the future. 

MPhil in African Studies – University of Cambridge

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time. 
Cost: £13,950 total fees for UK and EU students / £23,760 total fees for international students. 
What You Will Study: Based at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cambridge this MPhil aims to allow students to analyse and critique African society. 

MA in African Studies – University of Copenhagen

Duration: 2 years full time. 
Cost: No fee for EU students / DKK 53,500 per year for international students. 
What You Will Study: Modules at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark include Nature, People and Society in Africa, Religion, and Culture and Society in Africa. The course is taught in English. 

MA in African Studies – Leiden University

Duration: 1 year full time. 
Cost: €2,006 for EU students / €16,600 for international students. 
What You Will Study: This course is based at the African Studies Centre at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and includes a 3-month internship with a charity or NGO in Africa. Students will concentrate on the issues surrounding history, society, culture, economic development and the future in Africa. 

MA in African Studies – SOAS University of London

Duration: 1 year full time or up to 3 years part time. 
Cost: £8,785 total cost for UK and EU students / £18,075 total cost for international students. 
What You Will Study: Students at SOAS can study the languages, history, art, culture, society, music, media, politics and religious aspects of Africa in this extensive African Studies course. 

MA or MSc in African Studies – University College London

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. 
Cost: £10,140 total cost for UK and EU students / £19,970 total cost for international students. 
What You Will Study: This course at UCL unites the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences to give an in-depth study of Africa. Depending on which modules you focus on you graduate with an MA or an MSc. 

MSc in African Studies – University of Edinburgh

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part-time. 
Cost: £13,100 total cost for UK and EU students / £20,500 total cost for international students. 
What You Will Study: Students will grow their understanding of the anthropology, politics and history of Africa. Modules include Governance, Development and Poverty in Africa and Gender and Development.

MA in African Studies, University of Birmingham

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part time. 
Cost: £9,000 total cost for UK and EU students / £17,010 total cost for international students. 
What You Will Study: The MA in African Studies at the University of Birmingham covers the significant cultural, political, economic and social changes affecting Africa and it's emigrants. 

MA in Africa and Development – University of Sussex

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time. 
Cost: £7,900 total cost for UK and EU students / £15,500 total cost for international students. 
What You Will Study: Students at the University of Sussex debate the issues surrounding African politics, ethnography and society as well as deepening their knowledge of the African politics and culture.

SOURCE: TOP UNIVERSITIES

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