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  • Objectives
    The MA in American Studies with European Modules 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 (arguably the most powerful and exciting country in the world), as well as exploring the subject within the wider context of the country’s relationship with Europe. In line with the most recent research in this subject area, this course is informed by a transnational and global perspective, the exchange of influence between North American cultures and those of Britain, the rest of Europe and the rest of the Americas.
  • Entry requirements
    Course-specific entry requirements Applicants to the MA in American Studies with European Study are also required to meet the following requirements: Strong references A transcript of marks and/or a sample of work (required in some cases) You may also be interviewed. If your first degree does not come from a British university, the School requires the equivalent of a good 2:1. For example, a GPA of more than 3.0 is required from American universities. All overseas students will be asked for a representative sample of their work.
  • Academic Title
    MA American Studies with European Modules
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The School of American and Canadian Studies – which includes the Institute of Film and Television Studies – is the only Grade 5* Research School in its subject area in the country. 
    -It has a thriving postgraduate programme, and a teaching and research culture of the highest quality.
    -The MA draws on a network of expert and experienced academics from disciplines across the University.

    Course Content

    The first semester is spent at Nottingham, undertaking training in research skills, an introduction to representative American Studies appraoches, and an examination of contemporary American and European culture.  Semester two is spent at a European University (one of the University of Nottingham's partner institutions in the Erasmus scheme). 

    In addition, you will complete module credits in the study of Europe.

    Towards the end of the course, you will be expected to complete a dissertation. You will be able to refine your dissertation proposal during semester one before you are assigned a supervisor who is in a position to support your research and is familiar with your chosen specialism.

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Course Structure

    The MA in American Studies with European Modules can be completed during one year of full-time study or over two to four years part-time.

    This course shares a common first semester programme consisting of three core modules.

    The principal means of assessment for each module is the long essay (3,500-4,000 words).

    The 15,000-20,000 word dissertation is completed over the summer and submitted in the last week of the summer term.

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