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Course summary

Do you love literature and enjoy getting lost in books? Are you creative and imaginative? Through studying a diverse range of writers – encompassing Shakespeare to Jamaica Kincaid – you will develop new perspectives, interpretations and ideas. This in turn will give you a deeper understanding of the world, yourself, and your own outlook on life. We offer a variety of modules in both American Studies and English, covering:

  • African American literature
  • English language in a global and digital age
  • Immigrant and ethnic writing
  • American and British theatre
  • Transatlantic and postcolonial literary cultures
  • Women's writing
  • LGBTQ+ literature
You can also experience North America, by choosing to study abroad for a year at a US or Canadian university. You can do this by transferring to the study abroad programme at the end of your first year. The option to study abroad is dependent on your academic performance and the availability of places.


In year one you will study three core American and Canadian Studies modules. You will be introduced to key themes and issues in American literature, covering major authors, texts and literary movements from the early 1800s to the present day. You will also take a multidisciplinary module that explores the literature, film and culture of Canada. You will also choose three optional modules from English, across four possible areas of study. In year two, you take one core American and Canadian Studies module, choosing from two possibilities. For your optional modules, you take two from American Studies and three from English. You can apply to spend your third year studying in North America, transferring to a four-year course and returning to Nottingham for your final year to complete your course. This is not compulsory – if you choose not to study abroad, you will complete your degree in three years. Eligibility for study abroad is dependent on satisfactory performance in your first year and the availability of places. In your final year (which is 'year four' if you take your third year abroad) you take a dissertation, making up the remaining credits from optional modules in both subjects.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 75% overall including at least 8.0 in English.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £21500* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £21500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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American Studies and English at University of Nottingham - UCAS