School of Social and Political Science

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The University of Edinburgh has an important and long historical connection with Africa, and the Centre of African Studies (CAS) is a world leading centre for the study of Africa.

Founded in 1962, CAS provides interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision on Africa and international development. We host a vibrant research community, committed to critical and cutting-edge theoretical and empirical approaches, placing African experiences at the centre of interdisciplinary scholarship.

We are the largest centre of African studies in Europe and regularly appear at the top of UK good university guides. We deliver a range of high-quality masters programmes on campus and online. We run prestigious PhD programmes that attract students from across the world.

Our students

Our students prepare for careers in academia and beyond: two former students featured in a ‘top 50 influential Scots’ newspaper feature, and many of our graduates have pursued successful academic, non-profit and government careers.

Our researchers

Our researchers are internationally recognised. We currently host more than 20 research projects, including several large, international collaborative projects, and engage in multidisciplinary research that seeks to shed new light on Africa’s past, its politics, its development and its future.

A cultural hub

We act as a cultural hub for Africa in Scotland and in the UK. We support the highly successful Africa in Motion annual film festival, we have close working relationships with the Scottish Parliament and Government and with local NGOs, we engage with African communities in Scotland, and we seek to forge closer relationships between Scotland, the UK, Europe and Africa.