Taught course

American Studies

University of Nottingham · School of American and Canadian Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 (Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or international equivalent) in arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA American Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course, which enables you to focus on the study of the history, literature, politics, film and culture of the United States, as well as the literature, culture and society of Canada.

Semester 1: three required modules focusing on the evolving methodologies of American Studies, the analysis of contemporary America, and research training

Semester 2: two specialist options based on faculty research interests and supporting specialisation pathways.

Semester 3 20,000 words Dissertation.

Taught modules normally assessed by long essay 3-4,000 words. Research training assessed by class reports, research proposal and oral presentation.

Dissertation supervision and core and optional module teaching are research-led. In line with the most recent work in the field, research and teaching in the Department of American and Canadian Studies is informed by consideration of North America in transatlantic and hemispheric contexts and a transnational and global perspective; by close attention to the production, circulation and reception of a broad range of ‘texts’; and by a commitment to self-reflexive interdisciplinarity.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of No . ttingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 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 School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies' web pages.

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation34 (20000 words)
oral presentation6

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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