University of Leeds

University of Leeds

American Literature and Culture

American culture has often been seen as distinctive and unique, producing some of the world�s greatest writers and artists. This exciting and varied degree will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of American literature and its cultural context by looking at specific writers, genres or periods alongside drama, film and photography. You�ll study core modules developing your research skills and questioning what it means to study literature today, and you�ll undertake an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice. You�ll also pursue some of the topics that suit your interests when you choose from a range of optional modules exploring different aspects of American literature and culture, from the 19th century to contemporary writing. In addition, you�ll be able to broaden your understanding by choosing to take one of your options from the wide range of non-American modules in English Literature that we offer.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (Hons) or above in English or American literature, a degree scheme including English or American Literature or a related subject, or equivalent qualification. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Course modules

Compulsary modules: Studying English: research methods; research project/dissertation. Optional modules: Feeling time; fictions of citizenship in contemporary American literature; the African-American tradition: eight major works; writing about death in nineteenth-century America.

Assessment methods

Most option modules are assessed by one 4,000 word essay. The research project/dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words in length.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
0113 343 4738