The First Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies application is now open.

European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (EIMAS), Master of Arts (M.A.) [subject to European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes]

Building on their outstanding and internationally recognised strengths in African Studies, the Universität Bayreuth (UBT) in Germany, the Université Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM) in France, and the Universidade do Porto (UP) in Portugal, have developed a Joint Master Programme in the framework of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD). The “European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies” (EIMAS) will spearhead innovative approaches in teaching African Studies.

Profile of the Master’s Programme

The framing concept of the European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (EIMAS) is “Global Africa”. Current concepts of African Studies focus on a concept of Africa in itself, or as the object of outside influences. The Global Africa Approach takes Africa and Africans as global players and enhances previous concepts by adding this perspective. The EIMAS provides an integrated approach, focusing on the nexus between Identity, Territory and Sustainability, designed to transcend the limitations of both conventional area studies and global studies, while acknowledging alternative narratives and encouraging active involvement cooperation in and with Africa.

The EIMAS programme has been built on the following academic subjects: Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geopolitics, History, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Media Studies, Political Science, Study of Religion, Sociology and Urban Planning.

Students' mobility

On the structural level, the EIMAS will offer students a four-step mobility scheme from the Universidade do Porto (1st semester) to the Universität Bayreuth (2nd semester) and the Université Bordeaux Montaigne (3rd semester) before they carry out an Africa-based or Africa-related fieldwork or internship, which will result in the writing of a thesis at the university of their choice.

Joint Degree Programme

In the first semester, the University of Porto will provide a comprehensive introduction to interdisciplinary African Studies. During the second semester, the University of Bayreuth will widen the students’ perspectives towards development and cultural dynamics, whereas the Université Bordeaux Montaigne will introduce analytical approaches and provide tools for a practical involvement in contemporary political, ecological and economic challenges in the third semester.
At the end of their studies, all successful graduates will receive an EMJMD diploma.

Through its innovative training programme, EIMAS will enable the students to acquire a wide range of practice-oriented knowledge of Global Africa, to enhance their analytical and communication skills and to strengthen their ability to work independently, which will significantly increase their employability. The consortium’s wide range of already existing collaborations with academic and non-academic partners such as government representatives, NGOs, corporate and diplomatic protagonists in Europe, Africa and beyond ensures the best possible connection to the global job market. After the successful completion of the Master’s degree, students have the option to pursue a doctorate, for example, within the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) at the University of Bayreuth.

General Information
Final Degree     Master of Arts (M.A.)
Start if studies    Winter semester (September, University of Porto)
Application   1 December – 28 February (EMJMD student scholarship applicants)
1 December – 30 April (self-funded applicants)
Admission Requirements  
  • A very good (B) overall grade for the Bachelor programme from a recognised university in the field of Social Sciences or Humanities (African Languages and Cultures, History, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Development Studies, Political Science, Public Administration or other studies related to the Social Sciences) or convincing application of other academic disciplines
  • A very good command of English (CEFR: C1, IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 95 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A list of further required documents can be found here
Admission Restrictions/ Application    Application and aptitude assessment process (written application and interview) are described in detail here
 Standard Period of Study    4 semesters
Specific Features  
  •  Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree
  • Defined student mobility:
  • 1st semester: University of Porto
  • 2nd semester: University of Bayreuth
  • 3rd semester: Bordeaux Montaigne University
  • 4th semester: Porto/Bayreuth/Bordeaux Montaigne
Language of Instruction    English
Programme Coordinator   Mirjam Straßer, M.A.

Click here for more information about the scholarship and how to apply. >>European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (EIMAS)




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