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The University of Edinburgh: African Studies

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Science
Study type Research


The Centre of African Studies offers a PhD programme with an international reputation, awarded from one of the world's leading universities.

Since its foundation in 1962, the Centre of African Studies (CAS) has expanded research activities from its core disciplines of history, politics and social anthropology to include many other fields, including:

  • law

  • humanitarianism

  • sociology

  • gender studies

  • environment and development

  • political economy

  • religious studies

A selection of recent doctoral dissertations include:

  • Tweeting 'truths': rumour and grammars of power in Kenya

  • Divided waters: a hydropolitical analysis of development, space, and labour in N'Djamena, Chad

  • Law beyond the state: the makings of justice in urban Sierra Leone

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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