Research course

American Studies

University of East Anglia · Faculty of Arts and Humanities
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, and a good Masters degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

RESEARCH - We have three distinct thematic areas of research strength, covering the critical issues in American studies today. Our research themes cross disciplinary boundaries and combine the expertise of our academic staff. Race, gender and civil liberties; The American environment, places and spaces; Comparative American studies, the avant garde and the counterculture.

Your classes will be research led, and you will become an active member of our research community. You will have the opportunity to explore your interests in depth under supervision during your dissertation.

Themes our students have explored in classes and in dissertation project work include: African-American and Native American history and literature; Cold War and American international relations; Gender, race, and sexuality; Great American historical figures; American religion; Youth cultures and subcultures; American superheroes, feminism and neo-liberalism; Native American literature and land; The politics of environmental pollution; Transnational American culture; The works of American writers from Mark Twain to Leslie Marmon Silko to David Foster Wallace to Toni Morrison, covering modern and postmodern, contemporary and newly emerging writing.

STUDENT RESEARCH - We welcome applications for PhDs, MPhil degrees and Master’s by Research. You’ll be supervised by a team of at least two faculty members. If you are interested in applying for a research degree, please feel free to contact academic staff directly.

Our current students are working on groundbreaking topics including representations of mixed-race women in early 20th-century America, the work of Louisa May Alcott and Christina Rossetti, and the poetry of Charles Bernstein, AR Ammons, and Susan Howe. For contact details and research interests see:

RESEARCH EVENTS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - As a postgraduate student you will be part of a vibrant research community that brings faculty and students together regularly. You’ll participate in our research seminars, where visiting speakers and American studies staff and students come together to present and discuss papers based on their research. You’ll also develop your research and professional skills through sessions organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: Minimum IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening and 7.0 in writing.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709