About the programme

The continuing-education-scheme Masters Programme corresponds to one year’s study (60 ECTS), and is typically taken part-time over two or three years. Of the 60 ECTS, at least 30 must be achieved through in-depth study of the main subject, and at least 15 ECTS are attributed to a final project in the main subject.

The programme is interdisciplinary in nature, with an emphasis on the social-science and humanities disciplines.

The degree aims to provide Professional Masters students with in-depth insights and critical analytical capacities to understand a range of social, political, economic and cultural challenges related to Africa and its place in the world. These can also be applied to other global, national and local contexts. Such knowledge and skills will enhance already-existing professional competences relevant to diverse professional environments in both the public and private sectors, both internationally and nationally.

Student profile

Individuals who are interested in Africa and who seek continuing education on university level, e.g. employees of NGOs, the foreign and diplomatic service, or international organisations (e.g. the UN system), as well as consultants, journalists, nurses and teachers.

Competence profile

The Professional Masters Programme at CAS provides ambitious private- and public-sector staff with the opportunity to follow an individually arranged course in main area of the student’s choice within one of the main academic fields of Africa Studies. It is in that particular field that the individual is granted a Masters degree. The Masters programme also aims to develop the participants' ability to work across disciplines in order to take part in co-operative situations that involve a range of different academic and professional competencies.


A Professional Master’s programme completed as a flexible course of study entitles the student to use the title Master with subsequent indication of the major subject of the study programme in parenthesis.

The programme structure

The continuing-education-scheme Professional Masters Programme in African Studies is tailor-made by and for the individual. The framework is the same for all, but the specific course of study – i.e. which subjects are included – is agreed on an individual basis when drafting a study plan. The programme is adjusted to reflect the individual's academic background and further-education ambitions. Students have a free choice of the courses on offer, which are put together in such a way as to form a complete programme based on academic progression. See also Study Guidelines 2009, applies from 1. May 2016


Courses at the Centre for African Studies are interdisciplinary, with a particular emphasis on the social-science and humanities disciplines. The study aims to provide in-depth insights into the social and developmental challenges faced by Africa, as well as its religious and cultural conditions. The teaching is in English. Teaching takes place in the daytime on weekdays. A more in-depth description of the teaching, courses and exams is available in the study curriculum, which can be found elsewhere on this site.