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American Literature and Culture MA

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  • Objectives
    This MA programme explores the range and variety of American Literature. Focussing both on literary texts and their cultural contexts, options permit students to study different genres, authors and periods. There is opportunity to consider other forms of expression, such as film and photography. Students also engage with a variety of theoretical issues pertinent to the advanced study of the field.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements * English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no grade below 6.0 in any of the four skills tested, TOEFL (paper-based) requirement is 580, with 4.5 on the Test of Written English, TOEFL (computer-based) requirement is 240, with 4.5 on the essay rating included in the test. * Academic entry requirements: Good first degree (1st or 2:i) in English, or American Studies or a degree scheme including English or American Studies, or in a related subject. Some knowledge of American literature and culture will be an advantage, but is not a requirement.
  • Academic Title
    American Literature and Culture MA
  • Course description
    School of English
    The School of English has a thriving postgraduate community with approximately 70 research students, a mixture of full and part-time, split-site and collaborative with external organisations.

        * The School achieved the 5*A in the 2001 RAE exercise and intends to maintain the equivalent of this in the forthcoming 2008 exercise. Staff and graduate students actively research in all of the areas listed below.
        * The School has hosted several international conferences organised by staff as well as graduate conferences devised and administered by the School’s research students. It also features several research groups, including the Postcolonial Research Group and Renaissance Research Group, which organise regular seminar series.
        * The School also participates in Faculty research groups such as the American Research Seminar and Eighteenth-Century Seminar. In addition, graduate students organise their own fortnightly Postgraduate Research Seminar where they present and discuss their research. The School frequently enjoys success in both national and international funding competitions (e.g. AHRC, ORS).

    What you study
    Students take four modules, two in each semester and are required to write an assessed dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words on an approved topic. In addition, a Research Methods module introduces students to the various essential bibliographical tools needed for research and for good scholarly practice. Assessment is by submitted essays (usually 4000 words for each module)

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