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American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #96 (QS) Nottingham, United Kingdom
The American Studies programme offered by the University of Nottingham focuses on the history, literature, politics, film and culture of the United States, as well as the literature, culture and society of Canada.
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Overview

The MA American Studies offered by 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, as well as the literature, culture and society of Canada.

A suite of core modules taken by all MA students is the centrepiece of the degree. Offered in the first semester is Researching Contemporary America, which will introduce postgraduate-level American Studies through a study of key controversies in the study of the recent United States.

Offered in the second semester is Approaches to American Studies, which will acquaint students with the development of scholarly methods, theories, and approaches in American Studies. Students will also develop the Research Management and Personal Development Skills vital to postgraduate work.

Key facts

  • The department has a thriving postgraduate programme, and a teaching and research culture of the highest quality
  • This MA draws on a network of expert and experienced academics from disciplines across the University

Careers and professional development

MA American Studies 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. As such, 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

Modules offered may include:
  • Approaches to American Studies
  • Researching Contemporary America
  • The History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Prohibition America
  • Recent Queer Writing
  • The US and the Vietnam Wars
  • Sexuality in American History
  • The American Pop Century
  • American Madness
  • American Foreign Policy, 1989-2009
  • The US and South Asia after World War Two

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      2-4 years 

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 2:1 (or international equivalent)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19170 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8010 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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