Research course

African Studies

University of Birmingham · Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Entry requirements

Entry to our research programmes usually requires a good Honours degree, or the equivalent if you have been educated outside the UK. If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated, please contact the relevant school or department to discuss whether your application would be considered.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a centre of excellence in the study of Africa. 60% of our outputs were rated as internationally excellent in the most recent nationwide Research Assessment Exercise and we are currently recognised both by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council funding bodies. We give all possible support to our researchers, developing the resources available at the University and encouraging an active postgraduate environment for the exchange of information and concepts.

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD - the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.

At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at:

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Department specialisms

Cabo Verde/GuinBissau region, diaspora, creolization, imperialism, race and slavery; Popular culture; Yoruba language; oral literature and religion; African and Caribbean literature; postcolonial British literature; Caribbean film and music; Social change; gender; development; Rural development, conservation and environment; History, politics and education

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at Alternatively, contact the Centre directly (regulations apply for ESRC and AHRC awards).

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,320 FT - £2,160 PT
International students
£17,040 FT - £8,520 PT (DL only)

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Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
36-72 months

Course contact details

Dr Benedetta Rossi
0121 414 5005