Research course

American Literature

University of Sussex · School of English

Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to a have a Masters degree in a relevant subject (with an award of merit or above) and a first or upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Our research strengths range from the American Renaissance to modern and contemporary poetry, culture and fiction, and (through the CHASE Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England) American art. We welcome applications in all these fields and we particularly encourage an interdisciplinary approach.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of the cutting-edge research in American history conducted in the Sussex Centre for American Studies. You’ll have access to expertise in the history of slavery, the Civil War, the Cold War, American foreign policy, and the long history of civil rights and Black Lives Matter – all of which have profound resonance in American literary culture.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

Laura Vellacott
+44 (0)1273 873429