Postgraduate MA by Research

The Department of American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University has a proven track record of excellent supervision by active and award-winning academic researchers. It has a growing and lively postgraduate community.

The Masters by Research in American Studies provides the opportunity to undertake a personalised programme of study in a structured and supportive environment. As a research-led programme it is inherently flexible, tutorials can be scheduled around other commitments, and meaningful distance learning can be facilitated.

With options to study full time for a year or part- time over two years, this programme is a significant qualification in its own right but could also fast-track successful applicants to MPhil and ultimately to PhD qualifications.

The research and writing skills together with the specialist disciplinary knowledge developed during the programme enhance employability and can be invaluable grounding for careers in teaching, media and journalism, publishing and marketing.

This programme of independent study attracts highly motivated students with a strong first degree. A first class or upper second class honours degree in American Studies or a relevant discipline is required. Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually. International students whose first language is not English require an IELTS overall score of 7 with a 7 in reading and writing. International students can also be accepted if they have completed an English-medium degree with a significant research element.

Students are supported at a departmental level with regular tutorials from a specialist supervisor and advice from a supervisory panel of three staff. They will also benefit from peer support from our thriving community of postgraduate students, and have the opportunity to attend the History and American Studies Research Seminar Series, which is addressed by postgraduates, staff and invited researchers from other British and international universities. Further support, training and facilities are provided by The Graduate School.

Supervised by a panel of experienced researchers you will meet regularly with your first supervisor and present your work-in-progress to the full panel halfway through your registration period. Following advice from this Review meeting you will complete the writing up of your 25-30,000-word dissertation. There are no exams.

Preferably working with your potential supervisor during the application process, you will devise an in-depth study of a topic that is driven by your interests. The project may develop from a recent undergraduate encounter with a particular aspect of American Studies or you may be returning to education looking for a structured environment in which to formally study an established passion.

The American Studies programme has an excellent reputation for research, and is able to provide expert supervision across an extensive range of topics and periods. Cross-disciplinary proposals are also most welcome. You can find full details of our research specialisms on our staff profiles.

Further details including how and when to apply are available from The Graduate School. Prospective students are also welcome to contact Dr Lydia Plath for an initial discussion.

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Last edited: 05/12/2017 01:20:00