M.A. On Campus

American Studies

University of Nottingham

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in American Studies at the University of Nottingham 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, and the literature, culture and society of Canada.


Some of the core issues you will look at in this programme include:

  • to what extent will the US be forced to renegotiate political, financial and cultural relationships long characterised by dominance?
  • how do we make sense of the Trump era?
  • how should the Obama Presidency be understood within the history of race relations and the struggle for civil rights?
  • how will cultural responses to changing political, media, and built environments work within and against established forms and traditions?

You will be involved in intellectual exchange among a group with shared interests, but with a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives.

Graduate destinations

MA American Studies at the University of Nottingham will give you the opportunity to study a subject that you are passionate about at a more detailed level than is possible during an undergraduate degree. This is an ideal step into a future research qualification, such as a PhD.

As you have this option of developing your interests at a more specialised level, you will even be able to tap into current debates surrounding America’s global position. As such, this course offers excellent preparation for a career in teaching, journalism and the media, government service, diplomacy, and NGO's.

The interdisciplinary focus of the course will also equip you with the skills and flexibility to adapt to a range of other professions, such as management, business, public services and law. You will also be ideally placed to pursue a career or further study in North America or Canada.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Madness: Mental Illness in History and Culture
  • American Magazine Culture
  • Ethnic and New Immigrant Writing
  • Feminist Thought in the US: 1970-Present
  • History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • In the Midst of War: The United States and the Vietnam Wars, 1940-1975
  • Latino Cultures
  • North American Film Adaptations
  • Popular Music Cultures and Counter-cultures
  • Recent Queer Writing
  • Sexuality in American History
  • The Great American Short Story
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Varieties of Classic American Film, Television and Literature Since 1950

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate degree: 2:1 (or international equivalent)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
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  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Nottingham

583 - 978 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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