American Literature, MScR

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    19300 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    7400 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

We are the oldest department of English Literature in the world, and at the last Research Assessment Exercise were awarded the highest research rating possible, of 5*A. 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 American literature, in topics as diverse as the Black Atlantic, postmodernist fiction, and the poetics of republicanism.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Research Methods and Problems in English Literature 
  • Supervised Research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 1
  • Enlightenment and Romanticism 1688 - 1815  
  • Enlightenment to Entropy: Writing the American Republic from Thomas Jefferson to Henry Adams  
  • Poet-Critics: the Style of Modern Poetry  
  • Time and Space of Performance  
  • Charles Dickens  
  • Black American Fiction  
  • The Long Summer: Edwardian Texts and Contexts, 1900-1910  
  • Cultures of the Book  
  • The Reign of Terror: Fear and Loathing in Romantic Literature  
  • Modernism: Making It New 
  • Sex and God in Victorian Poetry
  • Writing the Body Politic  
  • Acts of Story-Telling: Narrator, Text, Audience  


Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 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 C):

    185

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject, normally English literature.


Tuition Fee

  • International

    19300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

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