Research course

American Studies

University of Sussex · School of History and Philosophy

Entry requirements

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

An MPhil is a Masters-level research degree on a topic of your choice, achieved through personal research and the close guidance of an academic supervisor with relevant expertise. A highly flexible qualification, your MPhil can either be ‘stand alone’ or, via an upgrade examination, can form part of doctoral-level work, extending your thesis further and leading to a PhD.

To facilitate greater autonomy and develop a range of skills, all MPhil students are normally required to take one or more research training modules during the first year of their study.

Recent MPhil thesis titles

Savage desert, American garden: popular imagery in the selling of California, 1876-1929

Selective amnesia: truth and reconciliation in the American South


You are assessed by a 40,000-word thesis.

Department specialisms

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 873429