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European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies

InformationO curso/CE encontra-se acreditado pela Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (A3ES).

The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), accredited this second-cycle degree programme without conditions (see the documents here).
Please consult the study cycle official documents.

EIMAS was submitted to Erasmus + KA103 Action and will be financed as a joint degree. It lasts two years and is jointly awarded by Uni Bayreuth (UBT), U. Bordeaux-Montaigne (UBM) and U. Porto (UP). These universities are leading European institutions in African Studies (AS).


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By combining experience with academic and social networks, the course will contribute to a new generation of AS specialists. The main objectives are to transmit advanced research skills and to respond to new demands from academia, GOs, NGOs and the private sector. Students will get a full set of skills, beginning with UP (1st semester); then UBT (2nd semester) and ending at UBM (3rd semester). The academic course culminates in the public defence of a dissertation, which may result either from academic research and fieldwork or a project, intended to serve the community, in one of the institutions with which the consortium has signed cooperation protocols. The choice of the university in which the dissertation will be written will take into account students’ respective areas of expertise, and will be discussed in the Scientific Committee of the Consortium, to ensure a balanced contribution of all its members. The EIMAS is conceived as an interface program between the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences. Their vocation and strategy are clearly interdisciplinary, mirroring the diversity of the disciplinary field of AS and aiming at filling gaps in the various disciplines that make up this area of study.
Students are trained in a multiplicity of subjects, always guided by a critical introduction to the field of AS, and will be prepared to develop interdisciplinary practices and theoretical debates in the areas of humanities, social sciences and cultural studies.


  1. To address deficiencies in the areas of knowledge production and transfer on social, economic, political, environmental and educational issues of urgent intervention on the African continent.
  2. To give added value to a European academic space where cooperation with Africa is prominent.
  3. To train professionals with excellent academic backgrounds, analytical skills and able to work in government organizations, civil society and the private sector in Africa,
  4. To create an international network of experts, based on various European and non-European academic universes (through a wide network of partners).
EIMAS aims to create a strategic framework of excellence for European cooperation in citizenship education and training. Addressing the challenges posed by a global world, EIMAS will promote effective mobility between the three European HEIs and effective learning in direct contact with the African reality.

Fields of Specialization

  • Interdisciplinarity, interculturality and cross-border approaches will bring together students with different academic and personal (national as well as cultural) backgrounds, merging them into cross-disciplinary foci.
  • Focusing on African Studies, this Master is a programme in area studies, which is, by nature, interdisciplinary.
  • It puts together African and European contributions and debates whe n studying African realities involving past and contemporary issues.
  • The programme is conceived as the intersection of a multinational and intercontinental research, involving academia, research centres and external partners, including NGOs, cultural associations, and governmental entities.
  • The programme contributes to the transversality of knowledge and academic dialogue, both elements contributing to academic excellence. 

Professional Abilities

  1. The ability to compile and select discipline-related literature and sources independently and to assess these as to their quality and reliability; integrate the findings so as to provide solutions to complex problems across disciplinary boundaries with the aid of heuristic skills;
  2. the ability to openly debate complex and sensitive problems related to Global Africa in an international and interdisciplinary set-up, and to overtake national, religious, political and cultural boundaries, so as to promote respect towards difference, and to place local challenges within global scenarios;
  3. to develop and conduct a research project on culture, society, politics, and development interactions applying social science research methods and to process its results so as to produce innovative knowledge;
  4. to formulate solutions and policy recommendations taking into account principles of social responsibility.

Employment Prospects

There is a high worldwide demand for experts with international experience. Experts with a academic background and understanding of current issues relating to Africa, trained in both cultural studies and social as well as political sciences, are hard to recruit. EIMAS is an appeal to increase the quality and the attractiveness of the EHEA by combining expertise in the field of AS. Graduates will play future key roles in public and private sectors where cuttingedge knowledge on Africa is needed in order to generate sustainable impact. It is hard to provide evidence for this high demand of expertise due to a serious lack of information on the job market. A more precise investigation of employment websites like the portal indeed.com or Michael Page prove the availability of opportunities for AS graduates. The exchange with partners of the consortium institutions and ex- alumni networks has shown several career prospects for future EIMAS graduates.


For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal

Access Requirements - Students who meet one of the following conditions may apply for the Master's program:
  1. Bachelor degree in social sciences or humanities (African Languages and Cultures, History, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Development Studies, Political Science, Public Administration or other related subjects) or other academic disciplines consistently related with the submitted project.
  2. A grade of very good (15 to 18, equivalent to grade B grade for students from Europe – cf. https://www.studyineurope.eu/grades).
  3. A very good command of English (CEFR: C1, IELTS: 7.0, TOEFL: 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE).
  4. Jointly required documents are a cover letter, a project proposal for intended research and two letters of recommendation.
Official length of programme: It lasts two years and a total of 120 ECTS.
Students will get a full set of skills, beginning with U.Porto (1st semester); then UBT (2nd semester) and ending at UBM (3rd semester). The academic course culminates in the public defence of a dissertation, which may result either from academic research and fieldwork or a project, intended to serve the community, in one of the institutions with which the consortium has signed cooperation protocols.

Applications schedule and procedures available at https://www.eimas.eu/en/application/index.html


For scientific and academic questions - contact the course direction: 
For administrative questions - contact the Academic Management Office: sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Relations Office: sri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: MB31
Director: Hugo Ribeiro da Silva
Acronym: EIMAS
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of studies: Masters Degree
Start: 2020/2021
Duration: 4 Semesters

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • European Interdiscipllinary Master African Studies (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master's Course in European Interdiscipllinary Master African Studies (60 ECTS credits)

Main Scientific Areas

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