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African Studies and Anthropology - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

About the Programme

African Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

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. 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:

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology is an interdisciplinary department with an established international reputation for research on Africa and its diaspora. 

We are able to provide expert supervision on a variety of topics including environmental knowledge and practice, oral and print culture, histories of local and national identities, labour history and anthropology, research on marginality, exclusion and slavery, migrations and mobility, gender, kinship and marriage in society and policy, education and its legacies, religious difference in everyday life, and African links with the Islamic world.

For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the 'Research' tab on the programme's webpage.


Funding Notes

Please visit the College of Arts and Law funding page for information on possible funding opportunities: View Website

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Area Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 7.60

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