United States Studies: History and Politics MA

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This multidisciplinary MA provides a broad range of specialist modules in the humanities and social sciences.

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.

Programme structure

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

NOTE: Some module options and elective modules may not be available every year.


Full-time 1 year

Part-time 2 years


All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words relating to US history, politics, or foreign policy

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, independent reading and research. There are a range of assessments including essays, a short oral presentation, and the dissertation.

Tuition fees and funding (2016/17)

For details on tuition fees, funding and other relevant information, please follow this link. Information on other sources of funding can be found in the Study Here pages.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications for entry in September 2016 has now passed.

The deadline for applications for entry in September 2017 is expected to be July 31, 2017

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