American Literature (Research), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    17400
    Tuition (Year)
    7000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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This programme offers students the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of supervised independent research in their chosen field, within this subject. Postgraduates will be guided by and contributing to the theory and knowledge in their specific area, and will present the insights obtained from their work in a manner consistent with academic standards and conventions. Alongside the original research they will study two advanced taught courses relevant to their field of study.
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About

Learning Outcomes

Students who follow this programme will:

  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the roles played by various forms of writing in reflecting and influencing key elements of American cultural and political identity, from colonisation to the present day;
  • deepen their knowledge and understanding of selected themes and topics in a way that enables them to select and execute an independent piece of research;
  • develop a familiarity with the variety of methodologies that can be used to map the literary contours of America, so as to acquire a critical understanding of some of the ways in which its writing has been conceptualised and understood by scholars, past and present;
  • comprehend the methodological issues and problems of literary and cultural research and analysis, equipping them with experience of creating original academic work to underpin (where appropriate) further interdisciplinary research at PhD level.
How You Will Be Taught

Students will undertake a seminar based programme of research methods training in core research skills and subject-specific methodologies. They will also take two option courses covering areas of American literature and culture related to their chosen fields and will write two extended essays in relation to these courses. The course includes a 15,000-word dissertation, completed under the supervision of one or more of the programme tutors.

Programme Structure

Research profile

We have one of the largest graduate programmes in this area in the country and a rich research culture covering all aspects of literatures in English.

We offer supervision in all areas of English Literature, historical and/or theoretical. The research of staff has made valuable contributions to the areas of literature and philosophy, modernism/postmodernism, Medieval and Early Modern literature, history of the book, romanticism, transatlantic studies and performance studies.

English Literature houses the Centre for the History of the Book and is one of the UK's leading forces in this area. It works closely with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and with the National Library of Scotland. The latter's recently acquired Murray Archive is crucial for studies in Romanticism, Book History, Bibliography and Archive Studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants should submit a sample of their written work (3-4,000 words) in addition to their research proposal.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17400 International
  • GBP 7000 EU/EEA

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