Taking in the rich diversity of American writing, from the canonical to the sometimes neglected, the programme will encourage you to engage with competing and conflicting narratives of American nationhood and modernity, covering issues of racial identity and struggle, reconstruction and regional identity, and the implications of an American “empire”.
Examining examples of literary, cultural and political crisis and transformation, it will deepen your understanding of literature’s role in the development, interrogation and revision of notions of national identity and culture.
The English Literature - US Literature - Cultural Values from Revolution to Empire programme offered by The University of Edinburgh draws upon the outstanding research and teaching strengths of members of the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, whose specialisms range from the role of the public intellectual in the development of American culture, to the (post)modernist and regional novel, American Republicanism, Black American writing, and US women's writing.
Studying the programme in Edinburgh, you will be part of a community of students from a range of international backgrounds and cultural perspectives, each with their own particular interest in US literature, and a School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures with one of the longest established centres of literary education in Britain and, indeed, the world.
Combining core courses with optional courses, research training, and a dissertation will give you a broad understanding of the subject, while allowing you to focus on and develop your own area of interest and expertise.
The University of Edinburgh Library has strong holdings in all aspects of American literature and culture, and the nearby National Library of Scotland holds the Hugh Sharp Collection (over 300 volumes) of first editions of English and North American authors, and the Henderson Memorial Library of Books on America (over 700 volumes).
Completing the MSc in US Literature will help you develop and refine your research and analytical skills in ways that will prepare you either for further postgraduate study or for employment beyond the university.
Being able to read and evaluate often complex material, to articulate your ideas in extended written form, and to manage your time effectively, are all tools that are essential employment attributes.
Recent graduates from this programme are working in journalism, publishing (for companies such as Random House), and electronic publishing.
The transferable skills you will acquire on this programme will prove highly valuable to potential employers in whatever field you choose to enter.
The MSc is taught over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).
Over the course of the programme, you’ll take two core courses (each worth 20 credits) and two optional courses (each worth 20 credits, and chosen from a wide range of subjects).
For each of these four taught core and optional courses, you’ll write a 4,000-word essay.
You will also take two compulsory courses in research methods (each worth 20 credits), which will help you prepare to research and write your dissertation.
The final element of the programme is your dissertation, a piece of independent research - no more than 15,000 words long (worth 60 credits) - written with the advice and support of a designated supervisor.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score (Grade C):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
You need the following GPA score:
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).
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in English literature or a relevant discipline.
Part-time fees per year
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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