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Postgraduate Study

About the Centre of African Studies

The University of Cambridge has long been one of the world's leading centres for study of Africa. Vibrant teaching and research programmes focused on Africa exist across the University, including those in the natural and biomedical sciences, archaeology, social sciences and humanities. Cambridge has a reputation for high-quality research relevant to the continent, for the stimulation of debate and for active engagement with Africa-based scholarship.

The Centre of African Studies was established in 1965 by the path-breaking anthropologist, Dr Audrey Richards.

As well as acting as a hub for graduate level and faculty research, we run weekly seminars and research workshops for graduate students and we organise international conferences both in Cambridge and in African institutions.

In addition to fostering PhD level research, we run a one-year interdisciplinary MPhil in African Studies, with teaching contributions from faculty in History, Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, Geography and English. The course also includes training in an African language.

We are committed to active engagement with Africa-based scholarship and to this end we welcome visiting research fellows for six-month periods to work with us and share their research. The Centre is part of the Department of Politics and International Studies. Its work is overseen by a Management Committee whose members are drawn from across the University.

1 course offered in the Centre of African Studies

The MPhil in African Studies is designed both as a freestanding qualification for students who want to enhance their understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic history and present condition of Africa, and as an excellent introduction for those who want to go on to further primary research. It will introduce students to the latest research topics, methods and debates in African studies at an advanced level and provide intensive research and language training for those who wish to go on to prepare a doctoral dissertation. There are a number of elements to the course: a taught element, intensive language training, seminars and a dissertation. Full details of the content of the course can be found on the Centre's website.

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Department Members

Dr Adam Branch
Centre Director

Dr Adam Branch
MPhil Secretary

Ms Victoria Jones
Centre Administrator

Ms Victoria Jones
Administrative Assistant/Student Administrator

Ms Jenni Skinner

Dr Alexander Lindsay
Library Assistant

  • 4 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 14 Graduate Students

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