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Black Humanities

University of Bristol · School of Humanities

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Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social sciences discipline. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique interdisciplinary MA programme offers you the opportunity to study Black humanities through a critical engagement with histories, philosophies, literature and the arts relating to local and global Black and diasporic communities. It provides an opportunity to study the legacies of Atlantic slavery, using Bristol as a case study, alongside broader enquires into current debates in Black histories, philosophy, anthropology, modern languages, film, literature, music and art history.

The programme will equip you with relevant research skills, and enable you to explore different intellectual and cultural histories and theories across transnational boundaries. Through the degree, you will gain an interdisciplinary and inclusive engagement with Black intellectual history across a range of periods and locations. You will be encouraged to engage constructively with some of the many different ways in which Black identities have been understood, ranging from a focus on communities of Africa and the African diaspora, to inclusive conceptions of political blackness in Britain.

Within the Faculty of Arts, the MA is supported by the Centre for Black Humanities, an international hub for pioneering research on topics from UK hip-hop to ethics and social justice. Beyond the University, the city has a long and complex maritime history and an important historical connection to the slave trade. Embedded in the citys diverse cultural scene, students are encouraged to engage with the local resources and events open to them, from the city's contemporary art galleries, concert halls and independent cinemas to its many community-based and cultural groups.

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

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