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Overview

Explore American culture through its diverse literature and through related media including drama, film and photography.

This course allows you to examine one of the most influential cultures in history through its literature and other creative outputs, while also gaining an in-depth understanding of issues relating to American studies.

With optional modules spanning the 19th century to the present day, you’ll enhance your understanding of each item you study by situating it in its wider social context.

Our teaching and research examine American culture from a wide variety of perspectives, including literary culture, masculinity and gender, globalisation, Jewish narratives and African-American writing.

You’ll have opportunities to delve into areas of personal interest, and explore a chosen subject in greater detail through an independent research project.

Specialist resources

Leeds University Library is one of the UK's major academic research libraries. It has extensive holdings to support your studies, including English Literature Collections that have been designated of national and international importance. The Special Collections offer a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art, as well as microfilm collections of American newspapers, US government and presidential files, the Black Power Movement archive, and the Church Missionary Society archive.

Course structure

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read American Literature and Culture MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read American Literature and Culture MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Studying English: Research Methods
  • Research Project

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Fictions of Citizenship in Contemporary American Literature
  • Feeling Time
  • The African American Tradition: Eight Major Works

Learning and teaching

Most of your modules will be taught in small-group seminars, where you will discuss particular topics in each module with your tutor and the class. Independent study is also an important element of this course, allowing you to develop and then demonstrate valuable skills in independent research and analysis.

Assessment

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

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

We don’t have a final deadline for MA Applications, and we’ll consider your application right up until the start date of the programme. However, we encourage you to apply before the end of July if possible, to make arrangements such as securing funding, accommodation or visas. Modules will be allocated to offer holders in early August, so if you apply after that point you may have a more limited choice of modules.

You’ll also need to apply for a place before applying for any scholarships, so check the deadlines for available scholarships on the postgraduate scholarships database.

APPLY (FULL TIME) 

APPLY (PART TIME) 

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

You’ll need to upload the following documents when completing the online application form:

  • A transcript of your completed BA degree or grades to date
  • A personal statement of around 500 words outlining your reasons for applying to the programme and your suitability to the programme
  • A recent sample of your academic work of around 2,000 words on a topic relevant to the programme
  • We do not generally request references, unless further information is required to support the assessment of your application.
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll need to submit proof of your English language results (e.g. IELTS)

Next steps

We’ll decide whether to offer you a place based on your sample of written work, references, transcripts, predicted or actual degree results and other qualifications.Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
  • International: £18,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This degree will allow you build on your knowledge and acquire transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.

You’ll have sophisticated research and analytical skills that allow you to consider complex information from different sources, and you’ll also be able to communicate and defend your views clearly either verbally or in writing. You’ll also be comfortable working independently or in a team and have good cultural awareness.

If you’re interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, this degree offers excellent preparation for PhD-level research through the dissertation and research methods modules. However, you’ll also have the skills to succeed in careers in publishing, advertising, broadcasting, journalism, law and teaching.


Visit the American Literature and Culture MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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