University of Manchester

University of Manchester

American Studies

The course provides a strong foundation for students wanting to learn more about the historical and cultural dimensions of the American experience as well as for those wishing to proceed to doctoral study; the course strengths lie in southern literature, culture and history; film, music and other forms of popular culture; the history of race, slavery and the African American freedom struggle; sexuality and gender; and the culture of the market.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or its overseas equivalent, in American studies or a related subject; IELTS 7.0; TOEFL 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test).

Course modules

Modules include: American studies - histories, theories, methods. Optional modules: black cultural studies in post-civil rights America; the American body - race and sexuality in the 20th century; plantation and postplantation; American fiction and the cultural logic of late capitalism; corporate fictions; Henry James; film authorship and the studio system; British Atlantic world, 1607-1776; is America postcolonial? interrogating race and nation; becoming red, white and black - race and identity in the American south, c1607-1900; southern cultures - explorations in the history and culture of the modern us south; the irresistible rise of the American empire.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants are competetive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for Master's students; details are published in Feb/Mar each year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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