University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Atlantic Studies

This course enables students to investigate the link among the many peoples, cultures and environments of the Atlantic world. Core seminars explore the transatlantic movements of people, commodities and ideas, and the circular transmission of language, ideologies, and disease. Elective modules facilitate independent study and field work, and allow students to conduct selective comparisons of the histories, literatures, and ecologies of the regions connected by the Atlantic Ocean: Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. If English is not the 1st language, students should provide evidence of their proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands).

Course modules

The making of the Atlantic world, c.1500-1833 (autumn): 30 credits; the development of the Atlantic world, c.1800-2013 (spring): 30 credits; dissertation of 10,000 words (summer): 60 credits; training for masters in the arts and humanities (autumn): 15 credits; training for masters in the arts and humanities (spring): 15 credits; the imperial crisis: Britain and the American colonies, 1760-1776; cultural translation and transfer; postcolonial cinema; transatlantic literatures; the French Atlantic; crossing cultures: Spain and Latin America; north Atlantic environments; American gothic; black internationalism; independent study: historiography/film/religion/literature/revolutions; French, Spanish, English language development.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous and by coursework rather than by examination. Every student will be expected to write reflective journals and give presentations (including online). Part of the overall course assessment will also be based on dissertation work.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

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Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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