African Studies with Education MA

This programme is currently not running

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.


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, environmental data analysis, familiarity with GIS, archival work, ethnographic field techniques and presentation skills.


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.

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 environmental and developmental studies.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study African Studies at graduate level
  • Why you want to study African Studies at UCL
  • What particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • Where you would like to go professionally with your degree

More Information

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  • Click here for more information on applying