African Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #41 ,
Usually undertaken full-time over three years, or part-time over six years, the PhD in African Studies is a 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 time with us.

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Research Training
  • Many students choose to undertake an MSc by Research in African Studies prior to proceeding with doctoral research and if they do so they will follow a formal programme of research training, jointly co-ordinated by the Centre of African Studies and the Graduate School of Social and Political Science.
  • Alternatively, students with an appropriate background may choose not to complete an MSc by Research and will instead take an appropriate suite of courses during the first year of their PhD registration.
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, raising the funding themselves from organisations such as the ESRC and Royal African Society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

We host a thriving and cosmopolitan community of research students in the Centre of African Studies (CAS). We offer a Ph.D. programme with an international reputation, awarded from one of the world's leading universities. We welcome applications and enquiries from prospective students with a keen interest in conducting research that engages with and extends our knowledge of Africa.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Degree certificate(s) – for all previous degrees. Please note that this can be provided after assessment in most cases.
  • Final/interim transcript(s) – for all previous and current degrees. Interim transcripts with current cumulative averages are acceptable for those still studying, though the final average is required if the degree has been completed.
  • Grading scale(s) – for each university transcript is submitted.
  • Research proposal – Proposals should be no more than two to three A4 pages for MScR and three to four A4 pages for PhD applications in 12pt Times New Roman font (this does not include references). See the University's Research Proposal information page for help with this.
  • Academic references – Referee email address must be institutional (i.e not a public email account). Uploaded references must be dated within one year of submission, on institutional letterhead, signed in pen (not a signature image) and in a non–editable format.

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