Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a 2.1 honours BA degree or the equivalent, in English and/or American Studies or a cognate discipline. Candidates must submit a sample of their critical writing as part of their application (max. 5,000 words). Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

Over the last few decades the scholarly fields of American
Literature, American Studies and Postcolonial Studies
have undergone radical transformations. Their core
concepts – including identity, race, citizenship, hybridity,
and nationhood – have been challenged and redefined in
fundamental ways both by creative writers and by theorists.
This course – the first of its kind in Ireland and one of only a
small number of similar courses in these islands – reflects on
those changes and provides an exciting new postgraduate
course of study for high calibre students.
This course provides an opportunity to engage in an advanced
and detailed way with the literatures of the Americas. It
stimulates fresh analyses of a wide range of literatures
in English and in translation into English, by canonical,
mainstream, avant-garde and marginal writers, and opens
up research opportunities in this dynamic field. Students
interact with texts in various genres and from different periods
in their development of a complex sense of the literatures of
the Americas, and the course promotes inter-disciplinarity as
a key feature of its pedagogical approach. While the degree is
complete in itself, the supervised dissertation of up to 20,000
words helps to lay a foundation for doctoral research in
Postcolonial and/or American literary studies.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Philip Coleman
+353-1-896 1907