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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Programme Overview

Usually undertaken full-time over three years, or part-time over six years, the PhD in African Studies is an interdisciplinary research degree in which students make an original contribution to our knowledge of Africa by pursuing an extended and focused piece of research on a topic of interest to them. The Centre of African Studies is supported by the Graduate School of Social and Political Science, which enables students to acquire a broader set of transferable skills during their studies. 

Research Training

The Centre is a recognised ESRC outlet which means that our teaching and training has been quality assured at a national level. Students are encouraged to participate in taught Masters level courses to assist their intellectual development and support their research, including offerings from a suite of research training courses.

Student Seminars and Workshops

Throughout the year our students organise informal peer-review seminars where students have the opportunity to present their research proposal, fieldwork plans, chapter ideas, etc. This provides a friendly forum in which students can exchange ideas about theoretical and practical aspects of their work with others who are going through or have recently gone through the same process. CAS students have also been involved in the organisation of substantial research workshops. 

The Postgraduate Advisor for the PhD in African Studies is Andrew Bowman , who you should contact with any questions relating to the programme. Students are expected to have contacted the PGA, and a supervisor, before applying. Please first check the information on Supervisors and Topics and the detail on How to Apply. Information on funding is available here