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American Studies (History) MA

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Degree awarded
MA American Studies (History pathway)
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements
Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please visit  here for an overview of the online application process specific to the course to which you are applying.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

To mark the appointment of new staff and the expansion of the programme, Manchester now offers two dedicated pathways on the MA in American Studies, one in Literature and Culture and the other in History. Both these pathways offer an in-depth and interdisciplinary exploration of the American experience, past and present. The MA allows students develop the critical tools to tackle research in their chosen area of interest for the MA dissertation and beyond.

On each pathway students take four options from a range of American Studies courses and a non-credited research methods course. With permission of the American Studies MA programme director it is also possible to choose relevant options from other subject areas across the Faculty in fields such as Latin American studies, critical theory, and postcolonial studies. Students then go on to write a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words. The MA can be taken full-time or part-time, and students have the flexibility to change pathways after admittance. American Studies MA students also participate in a year-long programme of research activities, which includes a dedicated postgraduate mini-conference in spring and thematic workshops on key topics.

Manchester was the first university in the UK to appoint a chair and run a programme in American Studies. As a result of this unique history, it has accumulated excellent primary and secondary library holdings in the John Rylands University Library and in the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resources Centre which offers outstanding resources for research in African American history and culture. The subject area has its own film library, equipped with brand new audio-visual facilities for postgraduate use and a growing collection of films, with particular strenghts in American politics, the African American experience, and teh American South. American Studies runs a dedicated research seminar series, Critical MASS, in which postgraduates actively participate.

American Studies has become a particularly vital area of enquiry, with the increasingly global reach of US culture and politics. This MA 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. At Manchester we have distinctive strengths 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.

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Fees for entry in 2015 have not been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2014 were as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150
    International students (per annum): £7,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The School also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for MA students. Details of bursaries available in a given year will be posted on the School website in January.

Please see the  School website for further details. 

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Hannah-Emily Smith
+44 (0) 161 306 1259
+44 (0) 161 275 3098
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