Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

For advice on research supervision, explore our faculty research interests and contact us.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

From the Colonial period to the Harlem Renaissance to the Beat Generation and beyond – our research interests are diverse and show our commitment to interdisciplinary approaches.

Our faculty are experts in their fields. This means you’ll be guided and supervised through your research project by academics working at the forefront of their subjects.

We welcome research applications focusing on American poetry and fiction from the 18th century to the present. Proposals on other or related topics are accepted.

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time.

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.

A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website
International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: Scholarships and fees

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Laura Vellacott
+44 (0)1273 873429