American Studies

University College Dublin

12 months
19900 EUR/year
7315 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Due to the United States' unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American Studies democracy have become a matter of global concern.  This programme at University College Dublin introduces students to advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts.


  • This is multidisciplinary programme that promotes study of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors.  It aims to deepen and widen students' knowledge of major topics and issues as well as to enable them to develop a significant measure of expertise in the subject chosen for the thesis.
  • The MA programme draws on the expertise of UCD faculty across a number of departments, as well as that of the Professor American Studies and the contribution of visiting scholars .
  • Students can expect to take modules such as: American Political Tradition, American Culture, America and Globalisation, American Poiltics Today.  In addition they can select an optional module from other schools within the College. In addition they will complete a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words 
  • The programme is available on a full time or part time basis 


American Studies graduates at University College Dublin have knowledge of American history, culture and politics, making them attractive to multinational companies and national organisations who have extensive relationships with the US. The programme will also interest those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.Students who have undertaken this programme now work in a variety of areas including Communications, Public relations, Journalism, Research, Teaching, Law.      Employers include: AIB, Google, NYC Department of Education, Western Union, Certus, International Student Card, Johns Hopkins University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • America and Globalisation
  • Minor Thesis
  • Ireland & the US
  • American Culture
  • Research Skills Seminar
  • Trump's America
  • American Politics Today

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.




90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in areas such as humanities, politics, social science but not exculsively.   Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person).  And maybe asked for additional material
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19900 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7315 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7315 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part Time

  • EU          fee per year - € 4390
  • nonEU    fee per year - € 9950


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