UCL African Studies Research Centre


African Studies with Education MA

The new African Studies degrees at UCL draw on world-leading research and expertise from across the university, and offer a unique opportunity to choose one of four distinct pathways. In the African Studies with Education MA students will come to understand some of the challenges surrounding education in contemporary Africa - including poverty, inequality, gender, education and employment, education and technology; vernacular education and the diaspora.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£10,140 (FT) £5,060 (PT)
£19,970 (FT) £10,140 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The MA in African Studies with Education draws on the world leading UCL Institute of Education (IoE) as well as UCL’s wide breadth of Africanist expertise to offer a unique degree that examines the form, delivery and practice of education in Africa. The Education pathway shares two core modules with the other African studies pathways, one in term 1 and one in term 2. These two core courses offer a general introduction to the continent’s political and economic history, and build on this to provide essential context for undertaking advanced study along each pathway. They also cover essential baseline information on Africa’s socio-political history and key themes of debate relevant to each MA/MSc pathway.

In term 2, students also take a third bespoke core module on African Studies and Education, developed and delivered by the IoE. In addition to core modules you will take three optional modules from departments including (among others) the IoE, Anthropology, Archaeology and African Studies.

In the third term you will consolidate your learning across core and optional modules as you research and write your dissertation according to your specialist Education pathway.

Core Courses


The education pathways also features option modules drawn from the Institute of Education, African Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology programmes including (amongst others):


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars and guided independent research. Assessment is through essays, portfolio, research proposal and exam.


We aim for our graduates to be well placed for positions in national and international policy-making bodies, non-governmental development organizations, within national ministries and in the heritage/museums sector.


Through core and optional modules, students will develop skills in research and research ethics, thematic debate, knowledge of key heritage issues (including resource management, African material culture and conservation issues), archival work, ethnographic field techniques and presentation.


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Funding information can be found via the box at the top right hand side of the page.

Who can apply?

All holding a BA or BSc with a 2.1 or better in the Arts, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences are welcome to apply. This course may be usefully undertaken by graduates from diverse backgrounds as a conversion course into African educational and developmental studies.

For further information on deadlines, and to make an application, visit our central UCL Applications page, using the links below.

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