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African Studies - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

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

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a centre of excellence in the study of Africa.

Times Higher Education ranked the Department of African Studies and Anthropology second among all Area Studies departments in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. 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 an MA by Research or PhD programme 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
Livelihoods, nature-society interaction and rural energy
Popular culture; oral literature and performance

 

Funding applications for College scholarships are now open for 2019 entry.

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 7.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

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