African studies

Master (2 years) of Arts in African studies, 120 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus City Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3600 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


What is Africa? What is Africa’s place in the world? How might emerging trends within the continent be analysed and appreciated?

The MA in African Studies provides an advanced understanding of the diversity of the African continent and its relationship to the world, in historical, social, political, economic and cultural dimensions. Grounded in this interdisciplinary approach, students acquire strong analytical skills, the ability to conduct independent research, and the possibility for gaining practical experience in relevant professional fields.

As a student of African Studies you will:

  • Join one of the few distinct African Studies centres in continental Europe offering a comprehensive two-year Masters in African Studies.
  • Take part in a dynamic international study environment at a centre which has a strong sense of community and a close and committed interaction among staff and students.
  • Obtain an interdisciplinary degree in African Studies grounded in a combination of social sciences and humanities, incorporating a variety of core and elective courses and teaching methods which together facilitate both flexibility and focus.
  • Benefit from a strong theoretical and research-based teaching environment with opportunities for also gaining practical experience and skills through internships and/or fieldwork studies.

The aim of the Masters programme in African Studies is three-fold.

Firstly, it is to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of Africa and its relationship to the world in relation to the continent’s diverse historical, social, political, economic and cultural dimensions.

Secondly, it is to equip students with critical analytical capacities relevant to a range of social, political, economic and cultural challenges,that can be applied both to Africa-specific conditions and to other global, national and local contexts.

Thirdly, armed with such knowledge and skills, it is to produce graduates with competences that allow them to enter a range of professional environments in both the public and private sectors, both internationally and nationally.

Career Opportunities  

Having gained the knowledge, skills and competences noted above, graduates in African Studies may pursue – and have pursued – careers in a fairly wide range of professional fields.These include careers in: international development and/or humanitarian organisations, be these bilateral, multilateral or non-governmental; various kinds of national government agencies such as those concerned with foreign affairs, the environment, migration and refugees, security, social development and so on; different arenas within the private sector such as business investment, consultancy, entrepreneurship or corporate social responsibility; the media or other spheres of information and communication; or continuing in academia as a researcher and/or teacher.


Enrolment in the MA programme in African Studies requires a bachelor’s degree of Danish equivalence in social science, the humanities, theology, law or in certain degrees under the Faculty of Life Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences (e.g. public health) and the Faculty of Science (e.g. human geography). Applicants with a professional bachelor's degree may be admitted by approval through the Study Board.
Read more about qualifying for the MA programme at the University of Copenhagen

In addition, to gain admission applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish secondary school ‘English level B'.
Read more about the language requirements of the University of Copenhagen  

Apply directly at the University of Copenhagen with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact the University of  [your institution] directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01

Non-EU/EAA/Swiss Citizens

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

City Campus


Studying at City Campus means being downtown Copenhagen. Everything the city has to offer is right outside the door. Nevertheless, it is easy to escape city noise in order to study or relax in one of the many beautiful, surrounding parks.The campus area accommodates the Faculty of Social Sciences and a part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Centre for Health and Society is located between the city lakes and the transport hub Nørreport. This is a place brimming with history as the buildings are the former district general hospital with high ceilings and a stylish architectural look. Teaching facilities are modern, and in 2013, the University opened a new building with three auditoriums.

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