UCL African Studies Research Centre


Current MSc/MA Students

Welcome to the MSc/MA in African Studies!

Political graffiti, Nairobi

This page contains some key links to information about your degree. The first port-of-call for important degree resources is UCL's e-learning platform Moodle. You will be provided with details to login to moodle when you enroll at UCL. From your Moodle home page you will find links to Moodle pages for each of the African Studies teaching modules. Moodle allows you to download specific course and module handbooks and other learning material. You will also find the CMII Postgraduate taught handbook which contains essential information on degree regulations, advice and support. 

Structure of your degree

Your degree comprises of 180 credits. You will take 45 credits of core modules (3 modules) plus 45 credits of optional modules (2-3 modules) and a 90 credit dissertation. The following are links to each of the Modules offered by UCL African studies. Your options will be chosen in relation to your specific path and can be taken from across the University, although recommended options are given via specific pathways on the Prospective Students pages.

Core modules:

AFRIG001: Dialogues of Africa's Past and Present (15 credits)

AFRIG002: Debating Africa's Future (15 credits)

AFRIG003: Research Methods for African Studies (15 credits)

AFRIG008/9: African Studies and Education (15/30 credits) (for students on the Education pathway instead of AFRIG003)

African Studies optional modules: 

AFRIG004: African Historical Ecologies c. 1800 to present (15 credits)

AFRIG005/7: Performance, Visual Media and Popular Culture in Africa (15/30 credits)

AFRIG006: African Heritage (15 credits)

(NB. Students on the Education pathway can also choose AFRIG003 as an optional module)

To get a feeling for what you will be doing during your degree please have a look at the following. 

  • We encourage students to get involved with African Studies events, so please regularly check our Events pages and News pages
  • You can also get regular updates and information via our Twitter and Facebook pages
  • We also encourage you to write about your time, experiences and interests. Take a look at the student blog page
  • Finally, have a look at the experiences of some of our previous students

Funding opportunities for Current Students