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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in Africa and International Development

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The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

A non-refundable application fee of £50 is payable at the time of application submission, once a UUN (University User Number) has been issued. Full details can be found at Application Fee Payments.  Please note: Your application will not be processed until we have received your application fee payment.

Further guidance on how to apply and entry requirements, etc. is available on the Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact the Programme Director with any further queries.


Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, former Programme Director

Join Edinburgh's world-class Centre of African Studies

Our masters students have the opportunity to join the inclusive group of world-class scholars that make up Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies (CAS). 

The Centre of African studies is an internationally recognized hub for Africanist research and teaching, within the prestigious School of Social and Political Science. We are one of the oldest and largest African Studies centers in Europe and we pride ourselves on undertaking a diverse range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research.

Understand Global Challenges, Forge Regional Expertise

Our course offers you a unique opportunity to acquire a combination of interdisciplinary, regional expertise with a critical knowledge of international development theory and practice. 

We pride ourselves on enabling outstanding students to reach their full potential, as we challenge them to critically explore cutting-edge issues and debates in a supportive and inclusive environment. 

The training we provide gives students a competitive edge whether they choose to pursue development jobs in the region or continue in research. 

Test new skills, gain work experience

As part of their studies, our post-graduates have the opportunity to complete eight-week placements in renowned development organsations across Africa , applying  their academic training to real-world problems. 

Our Graduates

Equipped with highest quality regional expertise on international development, many students from our course have gone on to secure competitive jobs in think tanks, charities, government, and further study.

Fees and Scholarships

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


Edinburgh4Learning offers an intuitive and easy to use funding information tool which allows students to search using a series of handy drop-down lists. Students can access the Edinburgh4Learning portal direct from the Scholarships and Student Funding Services website. Registration requires a valid university of Edinburgh e-mail address and in a matter of moments students can access numerous funding opportunities to help them during their studies.