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BA American Studies
Explore the history, politics and popular culture of the United States.

BA American Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades ABB (not incl Gen Studs) to include English Literature or History.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

34 points overall (core points accepted), including 6 points in English or History at Higher level, PLUS grade 6 or 5 in a further two subjects at higher level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
25 / 130
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code

Course description

The University of Manchester is ranked no 2 in the UK for American Studies, in the Complete University Guide .

This is an inter-disciplinary degree programme which offers you the opportunity to study the history, literature, film, politics and popular culture of the United States. The first year is taught mainly by lecture and tutor-led sessions, which gives you a solid grounding in debates (both historical and contemporary) about the character, nature and purpose of America, and which introduces you to US literature and history before 1900.

In the first year of study you will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad for one semester in your second year (there are also a limited number of year-long spaces at the University of California). The study abroad programme requires that students achieve a strong academic average of 60% (or 2:I) in their first year. Our exchange partners include the University of California, Arizona State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Toronto. Further information about our North American partner universities can be found here: .

Please note that the University of California is one of our most popular (and therefore competitive!) destinations. This means that you have to perform exceptionally well during your first year - only the strongest students will be awarded a place at California as it is a very academically-challenging environment.

In the second year there are three main pathways that students can follow:

  • - Study at the University of Manchester for the whole year
  • - Study at the University of California for the whole year (places are limited)
  • - Study at the University of Manchester for the first semester, then successful study abroad applicants spend the second semester studying at a range of selected institutions in the United States or Canada.

Students who are not selected for the study abroad programme or those who choose to remain in Manchester will select from a range of courses covering American History, literature, film and politics.

In the final year you complete a compulsory dissertation and select five other course units from a list of options, taught by a weekly seminar taken by a specialist member of staff. These options, which change from year to year, reflect the research interests and expertise of the American Studies staff and may include courses on Conspiracy Culture, Film and Politics, American Masculinities, African-American Writing, the Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, Race Mixing in American Literature, Independent Cinema, the History of California and Hip-Hop and Hollywood.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. Find out more here .


Fees for entry in 2017 have not yet been set. For entry in 2016 the tuition fees were £9,000 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2017 entry.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Sian Moseley
+44 (0)161 275 3107
+44 (0)161 275 3098
Academic department overview

See: About us

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