American Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Studying American culture and history illuminates the crucial role the US has played in shaping the modern world, as well as the tensions around race, class, and gender that have fuelled the expression and reception of the nation's founding values. Our department houses the largest concentration of US-focused postgraduates and academics in Britain and is dedicated to examining the full breadth of this history. If you already have a clear idea of the area and topic you wish to research as a PhD, then you can effectively lay the ground work for this by doing a masters by research. Particular areas of research specialism include:

  • African American literature, history and culture
  • American art and visual culture
  • American intellectual history
  • American labour history
  • American music and popular culture
  • American political history
  • American print culture and book history
  • Asian American literature and culture
  • Border studies
  • Civil rights and social justice
  • Contemporary American fiction
  • Crime, prisons and criminal justice
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and queer studies
  • Indigenous culture
  • Latinx culture
  • Memory Studies
  • Nineteenth-century American literature and culture
  • US foreign policy


You will take 180 credits. This is made up of a selection of taught modules (worth 60 credits), and a 25,000-word research dissertation (worth 120 credits). You will also attend research training sessions and weekly graduate 'work-in-progress' seminars, led by the research student community. They are an opportunity for everyone to present their ongoing research to their peers, supervisors and invited members of academic staff and research students. You will then receive feedback and support. You will contribute a paper in semester two.

How to apply

International applicants

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in each element) English language requirements - As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications. This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

For fee information see, You'll be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to buy your own copies of core texts. For voluntary placements (such as work experience or teaching in schools) you will need to pay your own travel and subsistence.
American Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS