What’s it like to do a PhD in African Studies?
Africa is a vast and complex continent, home to over 1.2 billion people and 54 countries. Given its size and diversity, it is no surprise that African Studies is a sprawling and multi-disciplinary field. One thing that all African Studies researchers have in common is a commitment to understanding the continent and its people.
Below are just a few examples of the research topics that can be studied within African studies:
- African art and architecture
- African diaspora studies
- African languages and linguistics
- African religion and spirituality
- Development in Africa
- History of Africa
- Literature and culture of Africa
- Politics and governance in Africa
During a PhD in African Studies, you may have the chance to undertake field work and research, as well as travelling abroad to access specialist archives and resources. By the end of your PhD, you’ll have completed a lengthy dissertation that comprises an original contribution to the field of African Studies.