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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 (KU)
Campus City Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3600 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The aim of the African Studies programme is to provide students with insight and understanding of Africa’s cultural, religious, social and developmental conditions.

The programme encompasses a number of disciplines and is based, in particular,on the social science and humanities disciplines. Further more, the Master in African Studies programme is an area study programme, and is thus aimed at developing interdisciplinary working methods on the basis of the academic skills acquired during the student’s Bachelor studies. The methodology acquired as a students is thus interdisciplinary in nature. It is aimed at  giving the student a theoretical, empirical frame of reference, that qualifies them to work independently on contemporary issues in Sub-Saharan Africa such as human rights, conflict and conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS in a social context, alleviating poverty, economic development etc.

The study programme is research-based - emphasis is placed on students acquiring the ability to carry out independent analyses and to make critical judgements. Moreover, students must learn to communicate their academic knowledge and expertise to the general public.

Career Opportunities  

The programme aims to give students scientific and job related competences which can lead to employment within the broad area that comprises international actor's relations with African and other developing countries.

This could be aid and development activities within public programmes, business communities, consultancy industry or non-governmental organisations (e.g. UN etc.). An important part of this work is helping organisations with fact finding and reports, by which the international institutions benefit from the analytical capacity which the study programme provides. Moreover, the programme aims at various parts of the educational sector as well as at communication and information work in general.


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


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