Research course

African Studies

SOAS University of London · Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres.

Some Recent Research Theses

Lizzy Attree, ‘The Literary Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1990-2005’
Mark Brogden, 'The Culture of Exploration: British Expeditions to Northern Nigeria 1822–1827'
Zoë Norridge, ‘Perceptions of Pain: Narratives of Hurt and Healing in Contemporary African Literature’
Betty Sibongile Dlamini, 'Women and Theatre for Development in Swaziland'

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7898 4700