Taught course

Africa and Development

University of Birmingham · Department of African Studies and Anthropology

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Entry requirements

2.1 or higher in a related subject

Months of entry


Course content

Africa is one of the most important sites of international development interventions, and historically the site where much of the academic discipline of development studies was forged. This programme draws on the expertise of the University’s Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) and International Development Department (IDD) to provide an in-depth exploration of the relationship between development studies and Africa.

You will study two core modules:

  • Critical Approaches to Development
  • Livelihoods and Development in Africa

You will also choose four optional modules from a wide range within DASA and IDD. All DASA modules are assessed by coursework; IDD modules vary, and the mix of coursework and written examinations will depend on the options selected. These modules include:

  • Advanced Perspectives on Africa
  • African Literature and Post-colonial Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
  • History and Politics of Southern Africa
  • Media and Popular Culture in Africa
  • Modern Ghana
  • Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
  • The Social Life of the Economy
  • Trajectories of Emancipation in Twentieth Century West Africa
  • West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Yoruba Culture

Modules available from the International Development Department include:

  • Aid Management
  • Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
  • Conflict in Developing Countries
  • Development Management
  • Development Politics
  • Gender and Development
  • Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
  • Introduction to Development Projects
  • Introduction to Disaster Management
  • Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Poverty and Inequality: Interventions and Approaches
  • Religion and Development
  • Rural Poverty and Development
  • Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
  • Transforming Development for Sustainability
  • Urban Poverty and Development
You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation which combines interdisciplinary African studies with development studies.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250 FT - £4,625 PT
International students
£17,910 FT - £8,955 PT

For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Reginald Cline-Cole
0121 414 5005