This course provides training in research skills, an introduction to representative American Studies approaches, and an examination of the American and British cultures from the 19th century onwards.
Towards the end of the course, you will be expected to undertake 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.
This course can be taken full-time over one year (September to September) or part-time over two to four years.
The MA in English and American Studies is taught jointly by the Schools of English Studies, and American and Canadian Studies.
The course comprises two semesters of taught modules and, over the summer, you will be expected to undertake a supervised dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice.
Taught modules are usually assessed by written work of around 3,000 words or the equivalent.
-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.
-In 2001, the School of English Studies was awarded a 5A in the Research Assessment Exercise and houses research centres in Applied Linguistics, Name Studies, Viking Studies and Regional Studies (including DH Lawrence and Byron).