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American Literature and Culture MA

American Literature and Culture MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

North America: Literature Cultural Studies

Course type


Course Summary


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.

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.


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

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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module will provide students with the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of academic writing or cognate research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff. The module encourages independent and self-directed learning culminating in the production of the MA Dissertation or extended piece of independent research. It also promotes the exploration of individual research interests and the implementation of research skills explored in the Semester 1 core module, Studying English: Research Methods.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in English or American literature, a degree scheme including English or American Literature or a related subject, or equivalent qualification.