MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora

Learn a unique and rewarding subject from your own home

Learn a unique and rewarding subject from your own home

This course has both September and January entries.

Full time and part time study options available
Remote course
  • Explore the historical relationships between Africa and its diaspora in the modern period
  • Conduct your own supervised research
  • Learn from Britain's only professor in this field
  • Learn from anywhere in the world
Student reading in the library

Overview

Become a specialist historian in the field of African history and the African Diaspora

The MRes in the History of Africa and the African Diaspora is a unique and exciting programme, and the first of its kind to be delivered completely online.

You will explore the historical relationships between Africa and its diaspora in the modern period by conducting your own supervised research in this important field.

You will be encouraged to critically re-evaluate existing narratives that have marginalised the study of the African diaspora, especially in Britain, and often totally separated the history of Africa from that of its diaspora.

On this course you will:

  • Study a unique and rewarding subject matter, exploring the historical relationships between Africa and its diaspora in the modern period.
  • Develop into a specialist historian with the ability to carry out your own supervised research, whilst honing your analytical and written skills. Many of our students go on to do a MPhil/PhD research degree.
  • Learn directly by the only professor of the History of Africa and the African diaspora in Britain, Professor Hakim Adi, a leading internationally recognised scholar in the field.
  • Study from anywhere in the world as it is delivered completely online.

The Course

Learn from your own home, at your own pace

Full-time students

Full-time students will enrol on Introduction to the History of Africa and the African Diaspora (30 credits) and the Research Proposal and Literature Review module (30 credits).

These modules will prepare you for the research project. You will then be allocated a research supervisor to work for the remaining credits by supervised independent research and the writing of the dissertation (120 credits). Full time students must complete 180 credits over one academic year.

Part-time students

Part-Time students will enrol in year 1 on Introduction to the History of Africa and the African Diaspora (30 credits) in semester 1 and the Research Proposal and Literature Review module (30 credits) in semester 2.

These modules will prepare you for the research project in year 2. You will then be allocated a research supervisor to work for the remaining credits by supervised independent research and the writing of the dissertation (120 credits). Part time students must complete 180 credits over two academic years.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Experience

Discover remote and on-campus facilities that support your remote learning

Professor Hakim Adi

Learn from the only professor of the History of Africa and the African diaspora in Britain.

Professor Hakim Adi

Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora

I was trained as a historian of Africa however my research interests have broadened to also include the history of the African diaspora. My earlier research and publications focused on the history of the African diaspora in Britain, a relatively new subject for academic study and in particular on the political history of West Africans in Britain. This work sought to demonstrate not only the important links that were established between those in the African continent and its diaspora but also that Africans and those of African descent have played a significant but often neglected role in the history of Britain.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of internationally-recognised research staff

Our remote learning MRes course means that you are able to learn from anywhere in the world. Our dedicated and expert teaching staff will deliver recorded lecturers and classes to allow you process your learning at your own pace.

Research resources and assignments will be allocated through our Virtual Learning Environment, which acts a consistent and clear space where all your learning will be kept in one place.

Testimonials

"This course introduced me to archival research on black historical figures, too often hidden from view"

Kelly Foster

Kelly

MRes History of Africa and the African Diaspora student
“I was particularly attracted to the MRes because it gave me the option of studying that fits around my daily routine. Because it’s mostly conducted online, the lectures and the seminars are online. We submit all our work online. It enabled me to have a lot more flexibility with how I arrange my time. The other students and our professors engage really well online. Our professors are there anytime we need help”.
Cliff Pereira

Cliff

MRes History of Africa and the African Diaspora student
“I have been involved in over 15 years in researching the history of the African presence in Asia. But I wanted to elevate my research and writing skills to a higher level, and also felt I needed a qualification to verify my research… For me (living in Hong Kong) it was a very new experience, the course was done almost 9,500 miles away from Chichester, which was a great test of its promise as an online course. I have to say the University support team and course structure really help, it gave me a lot of confidence as well”.
Danny Thompson

Danny

MRes History of Africa and the African Diaspora student
“I chose the MRes primarily because of the scope of the subject matter that it deals with: African history going back the last three centuries, international, Diasporic and continental. The second thing was the bonus of getting to work with Professor Hakim Adi, who is a brilliant scholar and superb teacher”.
MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora graduate Rey

Rey

MRes History of Africa and the African Diaspora graduate
“I chose the MRes course on The History of Africa and The African Diaspora because it is the only course of its kind in the UK that has a Pan-African focus. The course also allows for research into areas that are forgotten or misrepresented. I chose the University of Chichester because it had the type of course I wanted to study: for example, it had a substantial research element which can be learned either part-time or full-time; the taught section had a broad and relevant curriculum, which was supported by adequate research materials and research centres; and, the course was directed by a world-renowned academic. The course was rewarding because it allowed one to nurture research skills and sound research methodology. It also helped to develop arguments with well-founded historical narratives and to enhance one’s academic authority and confidence.”
MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora graduate Claudia

Claudia

MRes History of Africa and the African Diaspora graduate
"I chose the MRes at Chichester for two main reasons. Firstly, I wanted a master’s programme in African history to bring academic discipline to my personal reading and research. Secondly, I work full time, so wanted a flexible course that offered distance learning/online opportunities. The aspect of the course I found most rewarding was the research module which allowed me to undertake in-depth research into my subject. It also introduced me to archival research on black historical figures, too often hidden from view."
MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora graduate Marlene

Marlene

MRes History of Africa and the African Diaspora graduate
"I have always loved history and having no knowledge of the black presence, I have been driven to undertake my own research, which steadily became a hobby. I have chosen this course because I know that not enough information has been written on the black experience in the academic field and this provides me with an opportunity to tap into, explore and fill in some of those missing gaps. University of Chichester allows me to undertake my degree online, which no one else appears to do within this specialised area and the University has a good reputation. Learning history through our eyes, has been the most inspiring elements to this course and I look forward to developing and sharing new knowledge."

Careers

Develop your research skills in preparation for further study, or to take into the workplace

We place considerable emphasis on the development of primary research skills and the enhancement of analytical and written skills. These are essential if you wish to embark on a MPhil/PhD research degree.

The knowledge and skills you gain by completing our MRes will also stand you in good stead if you wish to pursue a career within the heritage, education, media or culture sectors.

You may wish to complete our MRes if you are looking for an intellectual challenge, have always wanted to carry out your own research in this area of history, or wish to combine study with your existing occupation.

This course would be ideal for:

  • Anyone interested in intellectual development.
  • Those wanting to develop their skills, subject knowledge, and confidence in research and the presentation of research.
  • Those looking for careers in research-related fields, librarianship, or arts management.
  • Teachers of Cultural History and related subjects.
  • Those pursuing careers requiring high-level abilities in writing, presentation, and critical analysis.
  • Any employment role requiring skills in self-directed analysis, communication and writing, such as editing and publishing.
  • Any business role requiring abilities in self-managed development and the presentation of ideas.
  • Current students who are keen to enhance their studies further.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

Fee
£6,930

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

  • Students will normally be expected to hold at least a second-class BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in History or a relevant humanities or social science subject.
  • Mature students without such qualification, but with measurable professional experience (e.g. museum professionals or teachers), will be invited to interview and maybe required to complete a mature entry task to support their application. The latter will be in the form of a short practice essay (1500 words) and a CV-portfolio demonstrating their recent relevant experience.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL - Entry with Credit):

It may be possible to enter the MRes degree programme part way through if a student has relevant prior learning.  Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) is the recognition of learning that has been previously assessed by an education provider (such as another university) and is demonstrated by formal certification such as a university transcript or certificate.

Please visit our distance learning support page for more information on IT requirements.

 

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