Research course

American Studies

University of Kent · Faculty of Humanities
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in an appropriate subject (for example, American Studies, History or English degrees with US study component).

Months of entry


Course content

Our team of scholars maintains close links with a number of North and South American research institutions and archives, and the University’s Templeman Library houses impressive collections on slavery, Native American culture, and photography/visual materials.

We treat the American experience in a critical and reflective manner, and offer an extremely good base for postgraduate study. While able to supervise a wide range of American topics, the Centre currently operates three specialist research clusters of particular interest to candidates:

  • The American West
  • The Study of US Environmental Issues
  • The Study of Race, Ethnicity and Borders.

Department specialisms

Members of the Centre for American Studies teach and research in the fields of American literature, American history, and history and theory of art, and can offer research supervision in all of these fields as well as in interdisciplinary American Studies subjects.

Information for international students

Please see for English Language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding pages for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
60-72 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Claire Taylor, Centre for American Studies
+44 (0)1227 823140