American Studies MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our MA in American Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course, which enables you to focus on the study of:

  • history, literature, politics, film and culture of the United States
  • literature, culture and society of Canada
Some of the core issues you will look at include:
  • to what extent will the US be forced to renegotiate political, financial and cultural relationships long characterised by dominance?
  • how do we make sense of the Trump era?
  • how should the Obama Presidency be understood within the history of race relations and the struggle for civil rights?
  • how will cultural responses to changing political, media, and built environments work within and against established forms and traditions?
You will be involved in intellectual exchange among a group with shared interests, but with a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives.


The course is made up of 180 credits. You will also develop your research management and personal development skills vital to postgraduate work. You will take 60 credits of core modules and 60 credits of optional modules. You will choose from one of two 20-credit faculty-wide modules and select three 20-credit modules from a range of options offered by the department. If agreed with the course director, you may also choose relevant modules from related areas within the university. Completed over the summer period, the compulsory dissertation (60 credits) provides the capstone of the degree and involves in-depth research supervised by a specialist tutor. Part-time students complete the same components, but spread over two years.

Assessment method

Most modules will be assessed via coursework, which will in most cases involve an extended essay, but may also include presentations or videos, short answer questions or research proposals. Language modules will be assessed by examination.

How to apply

International applicants

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any 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)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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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 .

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American Studies MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS