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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


PhD in African Studies

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The application deadline for this programme is 5 July 2021.

We warmly invite candidates to apply for a PhD degree in African Studies.

We host a thriving and cosmopolitan community of research students in the Centre of African Studies (CAS). We offer a PhD programme with an international reputation, awarded from one of the world's leading universities. We welcome applications and enquiries from prospective students with a keen interest in conducting research that engages with and extends our knowledge of Africa.

Our research is highly regarded internationally and many of our staff are recognised as world leaders in their field. All of the subject areas to which we contribute (Sociology, Social Anthropology, Politics and History) were rated within the top ten in their respective fields in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We are also consistently ranked in Good University Guides as one of the top African Studies programmes in the UK. Graduates from the PhD in African Studies have continued on to careers in government and diplomacy, international organisations and NGOs, policy making, academia, and the private sector.

Before you apply, please carefully read the information on the tabs associated with this microsite - especially the information under Supervisors and Topics and How To Apply. Prior to making an application, prospective students are expected to have contacted the Centre of African Studies' Postgraduate Advisor for the PhD,  Dr Akin Iwilade,  via  with a proposal (as outlined in links here) and suggestions for potential supervisor(s) (as outlined here). 

For information on scholarships currently available to PhD African Studies applicants, please see  this link   

This page will be updated as soon as more information on scholarships become available.