African Studies MA / MSc

African Studies MA/MSc programmes are currently NOT running.

We aim to provide students with a core grounding in major contemporary topics and their historical roots, while providing the flexibility for students to create their own specialised pathways through the degree.

African Studies students come from diverse backgrounds and go on to diverse careers. We also aim to create relaxed,enjoyable and interactive environment in which students can share their own experiences and ideas so as to learn from one another - building peer networks to carry into future careers. 

To learn more about the UCL African Studies experience explore the graduate profiles here

Why African Studies at UCL?

  • Explore African history, politics, development, anthropology and the diaspora through comprehensive core modules
  • Guided by expert supervisors, benefit from our unique interdisciplinary approach and continent-wide expertise
  • With over thirty-five world-leading Africanist researchers you will learn from and contribute to one of the UK's largest and most diverse academic communities 
  • Choose from specific career-focused pathways and customizable option modules drawn from, amongst others, Global Health, the Development Planning Unit, Geography, Anthropology, and Archaeology
  • Engage in extra-curricular seminars, public events, social media communities and research opportunities 
  • Benefit from living and working at a Global Top-Ten University in the heart of international London. Make use of the city's unparalleled intellectual resources (e.g. the British Museum, British Library) and develop life-long networks with like-minded peers committed to Africa and its diaspora

African Studies with Heritage MSc

The MA in African Studies with Heritage will draw on UCL’s expertise in archaeology and anthropology to provide a critical framework for assessing the management and protection of heritage resources in Africa.


African Studies with Education MA

The African Studies and Education pathway will critically examine the contested  nature and form of of education in contemporary Africa, and the ways in which this impacts on relationships beyond the continent.


African Studies with Health MSc

Linking with UCL’s successful global health programme, the MSc in African Studies with Health provides the opportunity to acquire specialist knowledge on health infrastructure and community health issues in an African context.


African Studies with Environment MSc

The MSc in African Studies with Environment draws on expertise from across UCL to focus on contemporary environmental issues across Africa including water supply, agriculture, climate change and settlement growth.



African Studies convenes a range of bespoke modules on African topics. UCL students from outside of African Studies are also always very welcome to take our modules.