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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Institute of the Americas

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Not Applicable
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

United States Studies: History and Politics MA

This multi-disciplinary MA is the longest-established degree programme of its kind in Europe. The programme provides a broad range of specialist modules in the humanities and social sciences, bringing together the academic expertise of staff of the Institute of the Americas with United States specialists from colleges of the University of London.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will develop analytic and critical perspectives in multidisciplinary aspects of US history, politics, cultural studies and international relations, depending on their chosen areas of specialisation. They will gain key research skills, enhance their capacity for oral and written presentation, and develop their knowledge of up-to-date scholarship and theoretical/conceptual debates in United States studies.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of the Americas occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK, promoting, coordinating and providing a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas - Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

The Institute actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the Americas, and provides resources to the wider academic community, serving and strengthening national networks of North Americanist, Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist scholars.

Students benefit from tuition by world-leading scholars in an academic environment at the cutting edge of research in the humanities and social sciences.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), five one-term (15 credits) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credits) module is selected (75 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits).

Please note: Some options may not be available in 2013–14.

Core Module

  • Researching the Americas: The USA

Options

  • American History on Film
  • Politics of US Foreign Policy
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
  • The Cold War: An International History
  • The Rise of the Sunbelt since 1945
  • Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy
  • Case Study in US Foreign Policy
  • US Economic Policy: From the New Deal to Obama
  • US Presidents and the Presidency
  • Hollywood Genres

Dissertation/report

All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a research topic of their choice linked to the subject area of one of their taught modules.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, research skills training, independent reading and research. Assessment is through written assignments (which may include essays, term papers, analytical exercises and closed book examinations, depending on selected options), group and seminar presentations, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 30 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at graduates with a first degree in a relevant discipline who wish to gain the subject-specific and transferable skills necessary to prepare for careers in research, teaching, and private/public sector organisations in the multidisciplinary field of United States studies.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study United States Studies: History and Politics at graduate level
  • why you want to study United States Studies: History and Politics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Graduates of this programme will be well placed to use their skills and knowledge to find employment in government, business, journalism, finance and international NGOs, teaching, or for further research in this field.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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