menu icon
Book your open day visit nowClick to book open day
American Literature and Culture - MA

American Literature and Culture - MA

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies North America: Literature English Language

Course type


Course Summary

This MA programme allows you to take your study of Anglophone American literature to the next level.


Anchored around a core module on American culture and conflict, the programme gives you a foundation in the points of contest and debate that have shaped American literature, providing you with the tools needed to pursue your interests and deepen your understanding of the field. Our selection of optional modules includes a wide range of topics taught by experts in their field, from critical race theory and transatlantic literature to American modernism and Cold War fiction.

The programme includes a field trip to a major library in the United States or other research destination, accompanied by one of our members of staff, aimed at developing your research skills. You will draw on this experience in writing a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised by one of our Americanist academics.

Overall, the MA in American Literature and Culture is designed to give you breadth and depth of understanding in the field, preparing you for PhD study and a range of other professional career paths.

About the School of English

The School of English has a strong international reputation and global perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in the diversity of our teaching and research interests.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is taught principally through seminars and one-to-one supervisions, supported by visiting lectures, workshops and a guided field-trip. Assessment is through coursework essays, presentations, research portfolios, and the dissertation. There are no timed examinations.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • place the study of American literature and culture, in its historical contexts, at the centre of your learning and analysis
  • ensure that you acquire knowledge and understanding of literary-historical and cultural-historical modes of analysis
  • enable you to understand and use the concepts, methods and approaches of literary and cultural history, and to evaluate their appropriateness in relation to differing contexts and objectives.


Many career paths can benefit from the writing and analytical skills that you develop as a postgraduate student in the School of English. Our students have gone on to work in academia, journalism, broadcasting and media, publishing, writing and teaching; as well as more general areas such as banking, marketing analysis and project management.


ENGL9110 - American Literature and Culture Dissertation (30 Credits) - Core
ENGL9130 - American Culture and Conflict (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent is an internationally renowned institution located in Canterbury and offers an impressive portfolio of postgraduate degree courses. The university teaches advanced skills, and provides access to fantastic professional networks and learning facilities to help postgraduate students realise their academic and personal goals. Kent's campuses are based in amazing locations, with two UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway...more

Similar courses at this uni