Research course

American and Canadian Studies Research Areas

University of Nottingham · School of American and Canadian Studies

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities, or social science subject. For PhD-level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The leading centre in Europe for American and Canadian Studies, the department is committed to postgraduate education. The Department was the highest ranked American Studies department in the country for research power and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 94% of our research activity was recognized as work of international standing, with 73% as world-leading or internationally excellent. 100% of our research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of its impact, with 63% of the research impact judged as 4* world-leading.

We offer research supervision and taught courses in the areas of American literature, history, foreign policy, politics, intellectual and cultural history, film studies, visual and cultural studies, and Canadian literature and culture. Single disciplines as well as interdisciplinary interests are welcomed.

While this degree is still classed as a Research Preparation Masters, it is assessed solely by Dissertation and is taught preponderantly via supervision. Students attend a research training module in semester 1 and attend the weekly graduate work-in-progress seminars to which they contribute a paper in semester 2. However, they work with a main supervisor and co-supervisor on a pre-agreed research topic. They submit a 30,000 words dissertation at the end of the year which is marked by both an internal and an external examiner with the possibility of a viva to confirm the award.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

Overseas applicants may also be eligible for a range of school scholarships open to graduates from our North American partner institutions. North American students may bring Stafford loans as Nottingham is a FAFSA approved institution (code G08920). English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the American and Canadian Studies' web pages.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5917