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MA Social Research (African Studies)

With a focus on contemporary Africa, this Social Research (African Studies) programme from University of Birmingham provides research training that will prepare you to undertake research in African Studies.

Quick Facts

 
Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,960 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

It provides you with an understanding of major social, cultural, political and economic developments and provides you with the research training necessary to undertake a social-science based study of contemporary Africa which will enhance your ability to prepare and present to an audience on material you have researched.

The Social Research (African Studies) programme from University of Birmingham offers thorough training in multi-disciplinary research skills and methods that is highly transferable. It provides an excellent grounding in different methodologies for the collection and analysis of research evidence while introducing students to region-specific knowledge about African societies. It constitutes sound preparation for further doctoral-level research or for a broad range of other career choices.

The programme is also recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as providing the requisite research training for a PhD.

Courses included:

  • Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
  • Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research
  • Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
  • Independent Study
  • Letting them Speak: Ethnographies of Marginalisation

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Careers

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University’s Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

Requirements

  • MA programmes normally require an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent with some background in the disciplines to be studied. Applicants with a background in other disciplines, or with less traditional qualifications, may be accepted for the Diploma in African Studies.

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