Taught course

American Studies

The University of Manchester · English and American Studies

Entry requirements

Our usual entry requirement is a first or upper 2nd-class honours degree (or equivalent for overseas candidates) in English or a subject closely allied to it.

i) Literature and Cultureii) History

Months of entry


Course content

This interdisciplinary MA offers an in depth exploration of American culture past and present. Students develop the critical tools to unpack crucial and complex relationships between culture and power, culture and history, and culture and identity in the US.
The course 'American Studies: Histories, Theories, Methods' provides students with a foundation in the key conceptual approaches to the study of American culture. In addition, students take three more courses from range of options that reflect the dynamic variety of American Studies research at Manchester.

Information for international students

International students should submit an essay written as part of their undergraduate degree. Students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 7.0, or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based), or 250 (computer based)

Fees and funding

In most years a number of departmental and Faculty bursaries are available. Candidates applying for AHRC funding through the University of Manchester will be considered for these awards the deadline for which is usually 1st March. Further information is available from the Postgraduate Admissions Administrator or the University website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 0322