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African Studies - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

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    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 (DASA) offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a centre of excellence in the study of Africa.

African Studies and Anthropology has been ranked second among all Area Studies departments in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 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:

- Popular culture; religion, oral literature and performance; yoruba culture and society.

- African and Caribbean literature; postcolonial British literature; Caribbean film and music.

- Livelihoods, nature-society interaction; rural energy.

- Society, religion and politics in Nigeria.

- History and politics with particular focus on southern Africa, but also more generally.

- Contemporary history of Ghana and Togo; social change and education.

- History and Anthropology of labour, slavery, migration, and development in West Africa

- Labour, trade, migration and development with special reference to southern Africa

Please note, funding applications for College scholarships will re-open early in the 2017-2018 academic year.

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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