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BA English Literature and American Studies
Combine literature with the history, politics and popular culture of the United States.

BA English Literature and American Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 years
Typical A-level offer

AAB to include Grade A in Eng Literature (or Lang&Lit;  not Eng Lang alone).

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall (core points accepted), including 7 points in English Literature at Higher level

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
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Course description

The BA (Hons) English Literature and American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree course which offers students the opportunity to combine study of the history, literature, film, politics and popular culture of the United States with access to the full range of English Studies (literary and theoretical) and the opportunity to engage in a broadly chronological study of English literature.

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, the University of Toronto and University of Copenhagen.

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 possible 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, Canada or Europe

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.

Further information about our North American partner universities can be found here: .

Further information about our European partners universities can be found here: .

Open days

If you apply to us and receive an offer, you will be invited to one of the subject visit days.


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
(00 44) (0)161 275 3107
(00 44) (0)161 275 3098
Academic department overview

See: About us

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