The African Studies PhD at Birmingham offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a centre of excellence in the study of Africa. Incorporating the Centre of West African Studies, the Department of African Studies and Anthropology has over 50 years' experience and expertise in supporting students from all over the world.
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 our academic staff.
We also offer an MA by Research programme, which requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words again under the supervision of academic staff members.
PhD researchers are usually supported under the expert guidance of a primary supervisor, co-supervisor and mentor, supported by complementary research training.
Our African Studies programmes can be studied on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, there is a compulsory annual visit to campus (every two years for part-time PhD students).
Research interests of staff include:
African links with the Islamic world
Education and its legacies
Environmental knowledge and practice
Gender, sexuality and kinship
History, identity and anthropology
Marginality, exclusion and slavery
Migration and labour
Oral and print culture
Religious difference in everyday life
For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the research interest tab on the programme's webpage.
Please visit the College of Arts and Law funding page for information on possible funding opportunities.
This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 7.60
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