School of Social and Political Science

MSc African Studies


As part of the University-wide response to the disruptions caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, the MSc in African Studies is not open for applications in the 2022-23 academic year. Students on the MSc Africa and International Development will be able to access the broad range of courses that are offered in the Centre of African Studies.

More information on MSc Africa and International Development

As a master's student at Edinburgh, you will become an integral part of the Centre of African Studies, an inclusive and diverse group of internationally recognised scholars.

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

Come join the Centre of African Studies, now in our fifth decade, and take a fresh look at Africa in the 21st century.

Career opportunities

Whether you plan to work in Africa, Europe, or beyond, the MSc in African Studies is your stepping stone to a critically engaged and research-informed career. Past students of the MSc in African Studies have continued on to careers in government and diplomacy, top international organisations and NGOs, policy making, academia, and the private sector. The programme will provide you with the analytical tools and the empirical knowledge to understand some of the fundamental forces that have shaped, and are shaping, Africa. It combines a strong core curriculum with the flexibility to develop individual interests towards specialist expertise.
How to apply

Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of £50 must be paid after you submit your application. Your application will not be processed until we have received your application fee.

If you are accepted for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, we will waive the application fees to enable you to apply*. To request a fee waiver, please email:

*(Revised 16 October 2020 to specify you must be accepted for the MasterCard Program before you can request a fee waiver.)

Tuition fees

Award Title Duration Study mode  
MSc   1 Year Full-time Tuition fees
MSc   2 Years Part-time Tuition fees


Additional information

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.


Undergraduate contact

The School of Social and Political Science sits within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  All enquiries and applications relating to undergraduate admissions to the School are handled by our College. Please contact:

CAHSS Undergraduate Admissions
University of Edinburgh
57 George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9JX

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565