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.

All three African Studies pathways share two core courses in term 1, and one core course in term 2. In addition, you will take three optional modules relating to the environment from Anthropology, Archaeology, The Bartlett (Development Planning Unit), and/or Geography

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

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc / MA in African Studies provides unrivalled access to a multi-disciplinary blend of world-leading research and expertise relating to the study of Africa. This programme marks the first time existing expertise on Africa at UCL has been brought together in one place. More than 35 permanent members of UCL academic staff focus their research primarily on Africa and their field activities span the continent.

UCL offers a unique teaching and learning context to the study of Africa: programmes interweave the study of the pre-colonial past, the colonial era, and the post-colonial present, with an eye to the future. Courses are arranged thematically around ‘debates’, with lectures presenting a long-term view of issues to frame subsequent seminar discussions.

Study Details:

MSc; Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Module Details:

The degrees’ three core courses offer a general introduction to the continents 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 our three MA/MSc pathways. Our research methods course will provide basic training in statistical analysis, presentation skills, interview and archival research techniques.

Core Courses

Africa: Dialogues of Past and Present
Debating Africa’s Future
Research Methods in African Studies


The Environment pathway also features a range of advanced option courses exploring aspects of human-environment relations. These options are drawn from Geography, Archaeology, Anthropology and Development programmes including (amongst others):

ANTHGE02: Ecology of Human Groups
ANTHGE03: Population and Development
ANTHGE06 – Anthropology of Development
ARCLG230: Climate Change and Human Response in Holocene Africa
GEOGG065: Environmental GIS
GEOGG134: Climate Modelling
GEOGG123: Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-Ecological Systems
BENVGDA8: Land, Food and Agriculture
BENVGES5:Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
BENVGU7: Post-disaster recover policies, practices and alternatives


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.

Programme Funding

For specific opportunities for programmes and research within the Centre for Multicultural & Interdisciplinary Inquiry (CMII), visit Funding, Studentships and Prizes

Student Destinations


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.


UK/EU:£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT and Overseas:£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Entry Requirements

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

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.

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.

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