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  • Objectives
    the Schools of English Studies, and American and Canadian Studies – that gives you the opportunity to undertake primary research into specific aspects of the 19th and 20th century English and American culture. You will use a variety of source materials including literary works, film and journalism. In addition, you have the option of pursuing research in Canadian culture Recent international events have generated renewed interest in the special relationship between Britain and North America, thus making it the ideal time to study the political, cultural and intellectual inter-relationships between these countries Course-specific entry requirements Applicants to the MA in English and American Studies are also required to meet the following requirements: Strong reference -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 English and American Studies
  • Course description
    Course Content

    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.

    Course Structure

    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.

    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.
    -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).

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