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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Postgraduate Community

The Centre of African Studies plays host to a vibrant community of staff, researchers and postgraduates. Our PhD researchers are integral to our community; many are affiliated to research projects, regularly present at international conferences and publish in top international journals. Several have also won awards for their research.

Besides academic activities Centre members engage in a wide range of other activities, from football to language training, barbecues (or braais), taking part in reading and cultural groups, field trips and retreats. We provide a challenging, dynamic, supportive and tightly-knit environment for our students.

Each of our PhD researchers belong to at least one of the research themes within the Centre of African Studies, and possibly also to other research clusters within the School. We encourage students to participate in our research group activities.

Students at CAS form a dynamic group, all studying different topics and countries but linked by their interest in Africa. Students are encouraged to become active members of the Centre, participating in conferences, seminars, research projects and contributing to our publication profile.

Senior research students are often involved in course planning and teaching, which helps in equiping them for future academic careers. Our research graduates are highly employable, many remain in academia, some become researchers in Africa and elsewhere and all develop skills which allow them to work anywhere in the world.


We also participate actively in Africa-focused events in Edinburgh, such as panels highlighting contemporary African authors at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (the world's largest book festival) and the UK's largest African Film Festival, Africa in Motion

Fun at the Burn

The Burn