Doctoral Degree in African Studies in Europe

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African Studies

A PhD, also known as a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is a doctorate awarded by a university to the academic who has met all necessary qualifications and can now be considered a doctor in his or her academic field.

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PhD in African Studies

University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Hradec Králové

The <strong>PhD study of the field Africa Studies</strong> aims at the preparation of qualified specialists in area studies with primary focus on Africa. [+]

Doctoral Programs in African Studies in Europe 2017. The Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové offers a PhD Degree which may be pursued in full-time study. The PhD programme is designed for students who have obtained a Master´s Degree in Political Science and related study disciplines. The study is designed as an overview of area studies and political science focusing on Africa. What are African Studies about? The PhD study of the field Africa Studies aims at the preparation of qualified specialists in area studies with primary focus on Africa. The PhD study is designed especially for students with a Master´s Degree in Political Science or related disciplines. The study concentrates primarily on comparative research of Africa with the objective to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge to social, political and economic problems of the Africa region. Experience in studying in Africa The objective of the African Studies programme is the education and preparation of scholars interested in research and teaching with a focus on Africa. The study is aimed at the preparation of graduates who will acquire theoretical and methodological knowledge as well as practical skills acquired at one go the many partner universities and research institutions in African countries. Students are supposed to carry out an extensive field research in Africa related to the topic of their doctoral dissertation. The immediate experience of the study and research abroad will enable the graduates of the PhD programme to take up research projects and to absorb the knowledge better and maximize its practical usage. Graduates The graduates will be professionally and also linguistically fully prepared for independent scientific research and teaching, for work in public institutions, such as ministries with agendas focused on Africa, in media, non-governmental organizations, diplomacy as well as other foreign or home institutions searching for experts in area studies. Admission Procedure Requirements The pre-condition for the admission to doctoral studies is a successfully completed university education with a Master´s Degree or Engineering Degree within the study programme Political Science or International Territorial Studies. Possibly they can be graduates of related or similar social or humanity-orientated study programmes (history, sociology, anthropology, economics), naturally supposing the successful fulfilment of the admission procedure requirements aimed at the manifestation of the adequate level of politological and territorial knowledge and capability of independent scientific activity. The admission committee considers the research project (the proposal of the thesis project) and other attached documents in the absence of the applicant. They evaluate particularly the quality of the research project, the applicant´s qualification for scientific work, but also his or her language skills. A PhD student´s knowledge of the English language must be at least on the level B2 of the so-called European referential frame. The knowledge of other languages (especially Spanish, Portuguese and French) is a substantial advantage. Another pre-requisite for the studies is a long-term stay in the Czech Republic, because a full-time engagement in the individual study plan is required. Documents to be attached to the Application - an attested copy of the certificate/diploma nostrification (in exceptional cases on the date of study enrolment at the latest) - a structured CV - at least 2 references/recommendations from the university of graduation - a research project proposal at the extent of approx. 4-5 standard pages – the project must include the specification of the topic and objectives of the work, the theoretical frame, methods of elaboration and the list of related literature (the project topic must correspond to the territorial study focus on the African/Latin-American territory) - a confirmation of language proficiency (certificates etc.) and of prospective publication activity [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in African Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres. [+]

Research Degrees in African Studies Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres. Some Recent Research Theses Lizzy Attree, ‘The Literary Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1990-2005’ Mark Brogden, 'The Culture of Exploration: British Expeditions to Northern Nigeria 1822–1827' Zoë Norridge, ‘Perceptions of Pain: Narratives of Hurt and Healing in Contemporary African Literature’ Betty Sibongile Dlamini, 'Women and Theatre for Development in Swaziland' Academic Staff and their Research Areas Dr Lindiwe Dovey BA(Harvard) PHD(Cantab) African film and video; literary adaptation in Africa; filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); contemporary film theory and ‘World Cinema’; representations of exile, immigration and violence; structures of African film production, distribution, and exhibition; African film festivals. Dr Kai Easton BA(Gettysburg) MA PHD(London) Colonial and postcolonial studies; South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee); gender and the cultures of travel; Indian Ocean diasporas; intertextuality; fiction, history, and autobiography. Professor Graham Furniss BA PHD(London) African language literature; comparative African literature; Hausa language, linguistics and literature. Dr Chege Githiora BA(Mexico) PHD(Michigan) Swahili and Gikuyu language, linguistics; Translation and Lexicography; African Diaspora Studies. Professor Philip J Jaggar BA MPHIL(London) MA PHD(UCLA) Hausa language and linguistics; comparative Chadic Dr Lutz Marten MA PHD(London) Bantu languages and linguistics, Herero, Swahili, syntax, semantics, pragmatics Professor Jeff Opland BA, BSc, MA, PhD (Cape Town) Folklore and oral literature; African praise poetry; the history of Xhosa literature Dr Martin Orwin BA PHD(London) Somali and Amharic language and literature; metrics; phonology Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame BA(Ghana) DPHIL(Oxon) Post-colonial writing with special reference to anglophone and francophone African American writing; comparative national literatures Dr Akin Oyètádé BA(IFE) DIPLING PHD(London) Yoruba language and literature; Yoruba culture and linguistics with special reference to phonology; Yoruba in the diaspora Dr Alena Rettová PHD(Charles University, Prague) Swahili literature; African philosophy; Afrophone philosophical discourses; literatures in African languages. [-]

PhD in Egyptology

Charles University Faculty of Arts
Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The applicant is admitted if he/she obtains a minimum of 30 points in the entrance examination and, at the same time, scores enough points to place among the maximum number of students admitted to the respective programme (refer to the Admission Procedure Specifications applicable to the individual degree programmes). [+]

Doctoral Programs in African Studies in Europe 2017. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Entrance examination: one-round examination, interview 1) Discussion of the project of the PhD dissertation: 0–30 points; 2) Assessment of the Applicant’s previous research and other academic activities: 0–15 points; 3) Assessment of the Applicant’s knowledge of secondary literature (based on the list submitted by the Applicant): 0–15 points. The Programme Board does not suggest or impose particular PhD topics, but allows applicants to suggest research projects according to their personal preferences. Suggested PhD topics must be consulted beforehand with the Chair of the Programme Board. Chair of the Programme Board (Programme Director): prof. PhDr. Miroslav Verner, DrSc. Important notice: Fees are charged for the study “in English”. See The Dean's Provision No. 16 /2015 “Procedures for Assessment of the Tuition Fee for the Study in a Foreign Language and its Use at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague”. Conditions for admission The applicant is admitted if he/she obtains a minimum of 30 points in the entrance examination and, at the same time, scores enough points to place among the maximum number of students admitted to the respective programme (refer to the Admission Procedure Specifications applicable to the individual degree programmes); admissions will be granted to all applicants who score the same number of points as the applicant who comes last in the ranking of admissions. In programmes offered in both the full-time and combined forms, the maximum number of admissions is defined as a total number to be shared by both forms. Applicants cannot be admitted without supplying, no later than on the enrolment day, evidence of their prior education. [-]