M.Sc. American Literature (Research)

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • Not specified
  • English
The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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.

Description of American Literature (Research)


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements

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200(Grade A)
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for American Literature (Research)

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

Work Experience for American Literature (Research)

No work experience is required.

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