In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa (assessed jointly with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern studies), attained an excellent rating of 90% overall quality of research activity, judged to be of internationally recognised, internationally excellent and world-leading standard. 99.1% of our research outputs are judged to be of nationally recognised, internationally recognised, internationally excellent and world-leading standard.
Our research environment is judged to be 60% 4* (world-leading), 30% 3* (internationally excellent) and 10% 2* (internationally recognised.) For esteem indicators, 70% of our staff are judged to be 4*, showing strong evidence of enjoying world-leading and highest levels of esteem, while 30% are judged to be of 3* (internationally excellent) quality.
Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African cultural studies. Research topics include the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or literature, or film and screen media. Dissertations are supervised entirely in the Department but joint supervision with colleagues from other departments is possible and allows candidates to research an even wider range of topics.