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Course summary

Overview Understanding America in the 21st century is more essential than ever. Studying one of the world’s most significant superpowers at this fascinating moment of flux and change opens a wide range of pathways. The programme is organised thematically, covering topics such as race, gender and civil liberties; power and protest; and American popular culture and the avant-garde. Your studies will equip you with the critical skills and methodological training needed to pursue your interest in America from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It is excellent preparation for future employment in several fields, as well as the platform for doctoral research. This MA is equally well suited to American Studies graduates wishing to deepen their expertise, and to graduates of literature, history, or other disciplines wishing to discover new perspectives. About This Course UEA has been a pioneering centre of American Studies for over 50 years. We are one of the most well established and highly regarded departments in the UK, with a long heritage of researching and teaching all aspects of life and culture in the United States. We continue to be at the forefront of the field today. American Studies allows you to understand the United States from literary, cultural, and historical perspectives. On this course, you’ll study landmark historical events, novels, films, comic books, photographs and paintings. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of key moments and debates that have animated the history and culture of the United States. You’ll discover the events and forces that have shaped the modern-day United States, deepening your understanding of how the country influences the cultural, political and economic lives of its own peoples and the world. You’ll explore the subject through a mixture of seminar classes and academic tutorials. You’ll engage in debate and creative discussion, while choosing your own specialist pathway though the subject. If your background is in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary American studies, we can support you as you continue to specialise in this vibrant field and find exciting new areas to pursue. If you’re a graduate of literature or history, or another discipline, we’ll not only provide a place to explore the United States in depth but offer new theoretical and conceptual perspectives that can enliven your existing learning. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Assessment method

Assessment is on the basis of coursework (essays and sometimes class presentations) and the dissertation. The dissertation of 12-15,000 words counts for half the marks of the course.

Entry requirements

Students should hold a minimum 2.1 Honours degree or overseas equivalent. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9500 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9500 Whole course
Scotland £9500 Whole course
Wales £9500 Whole course
International £19800 Whole course

Additional fee information

If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.

Sponsorship information

The UEA offers a number of scholarships for UK, EU and international students which are based on academic merit.

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