Taught course

Black Humanities

University of Bristol · School of Modern Languages

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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 will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique interdisciplinary MA offers you the opportunity to study Black Humanities through critical engagement with the histories, philosophies, languages, literatures and arts relating to local and global African and African Diaspora communities.

Based on cutting-edge research and dialogue with arts and community activists, you will study debates about race, ethics, and representation. Together we will ask how the arts and humanities reflect and generate changes in society. Through your reading and seminar discussions, you will be encouraged to tackle urgent questions concerning racism, anti-racism, and social justice. These will be discussed via historical and contemporary contexts in Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas, and Europe. Over the course of the programme, you will also learn more about Black experiences in Britain, and specifically in Bristol, a city deeply entangled with the transatlantic plantation economy and site of an ongoing, complex, legacy of memory work.

The University of Bristol is home to the Centre for Black Humanities, an international hub for research that informs our teaching, ensuring the syllabus 
is always underpinned by the latest knowledge. Our members are engaged in pioneering research on topics including UK hip-hop, History and Memory of Enslavement, African literary activism and the Lusophone Atlantic (follow @BrisBlackHums for more information on the Centre’s activities). We place critical importance on being part of an international and multilingual community. This will be reflected in our programme of external speakers and opportunities to engage with Bristol’s cutting edge cultural scene.

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

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