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. The programme will include aspects of research into museums and sites, intangible heritage, local community histories, archaeology, and the presentation and preservation of cultural materials.

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 Heritage drawn from Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geography.

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

MA; 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 Heritage pathway also features option courses drawn from Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography programmes including (amongst others):

ANTHGC15: Anthropology of Cultural Heritage and Museum Anthropology
ARCLG021: Museum and Site Interpretation
ARCLG185: Antiquities and the Law
ARCLG186: Archaeology and Education
ARCLG312: Managing Archaeological Sites
ARCLG249: Managing Museums
ARCLG234: Critical Perspectives of Cultural Heritage
ARCLG237: Cultural Heritage, Globalisation and Development
ARCLG255: Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African Political Complexity
GEOGG204: Historical Geographies of the African Diaspora in Britain


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, knowledge of key heritage issues (including resource management, African material culture and conservation issues), archival work, ethnographic field techniques and presentation.


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.

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

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