American and Canadian Studies PhD

 
  

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Qualification
PhD American and Canadian Studies
Duration
Various
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD-level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.
IELTS
7.0 (6.5) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September 
Campus
University Park
School/department
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
American and Canadian Studies PhD
Other requirements

Research overview

The Department of American and Canadian Studies at Nottingham is the largest in Europe and welcomes proposals for postgraduate research. We have long-standing experience and expertise in supervising PhDs to successful completion. Over 75 PhD students have graduated from the department since 2000. Retention and completion rates are excellent and are underpinned by quality assurance mechanisms including a robust system of monitoring that includes an annual review process. While our research focuses on North America, work in the department reflects and leads a growing transnational agenda, examining the exchange of influences between North American cultures and those of Asia, Europe and the Americas. Research students are encouraged to think about America in a global context.

Key areas of research strength in the department

Topics of current research students

Examples of recent PhD topics include studies of:

  • The architecture of shopping malls
  • 1960s new social movements
  • The NAACP and visual culture
  • Southern culture and the novel of racial passing
  • The state funeral in the 1960s
  • The Vietnam War and US poetry
  • Race, rock`n`roll and Blues music
  • Female hobos
  • The 1960s in political cinema
  • Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X in international context
  • Frank Sinatra on film 
  • Chinese and Chinese-American Literature
  • Individual authors including Herman Melville, Cormac McCarthy, Barbara Kingsolver, Dionne Brand, and Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Suburbia and 20th-century fiction
  • US regionalism and the short story US and British Policies towards Israel Britain, the US and the Atomic Bomb
  • The American Far Right
  • The Know Nothing Party
  • The American Left post-1970 
 

Facilities

You have access to dedicated study space, networked computers and printers, a photocopying and printing allowance, and an inter-library loan service. Funding is available for conference and research trips.

A Graduate Centre for postgraduate students in the arts and social sciences is available on the first floor of Highfield House on Park Campus. Accessible 24/7, the Centre provides computer stations, a social area with informal seating and areas where students can work individually or in groups. You can also access a small seminar room and kitchen facilities.

 

Research support

You are allocated two supervisors who provide regular expert supervision and feedback on your progress. You can take part in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which includes weekly work-in-progress seminars—where students and staff present their work— and a programme of visiting speakers. All students are required to attend the Arts Researcher Skills Programme, provided by the University's Graduate School.

We provide advice on publishing and professional development and encourage you to organize and attend conferences, act as editors for postgraduate journals, and publish book reviews and articles. Many former students have successfully turned their PhDs into books with major presses including Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, University of California Press, University of Illinois Press, Routledge and Palgrave.

There are regular opportunities for you to take part in outreach activities, public talks and Departmental events. In addition to serving as Departmental Outreach and Engagement Coordinators and Directors of our LGBT and Black History Month programmes, you are given logistical and financial support in order to run your own conferences and organize a week-long research retreat.

Students also act as teaching assistants, after appropriate teacher training offered by the University and the school. Teaching Assistants are supported and monitored by module convenors, the Chair of Teaching Committee and the Director of Research.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

Details of research supervisors in American and Canadian Studies can be found on the department website.

 

Funding

If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership  supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.

Please note: the deadline for application for 2017 entry has now passed.

View University of Nottingham supervision areas and Midlands3Cities application procedures

The Partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City.

More information about additional sources of funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

University of Nottingham International Office funding pages

Overseas applicants may also be eligible for a range of school scholarships open to graduates from our North American partner institutions. North American students may bring Stafford loans as Nottingham is a FAFSA approved institution (code G08920).

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Visit the Department page for additional opportunities 

Career opportunities

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,314 with the highest being £35,000.**

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.

 

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

The Department of American & Canadian Studies at Nottingham is the largest in Europe and welcomes proposals for postgraduate research. We have long-standing experience and expertise in supervising PhDs to successful completion. Over 75 PhD students have graduated from the department since 2000. Retention and completion rates are excellent and are underpinned by quality assurance mechanisms including a robust system of monitoring that includes an annual review process. While our research focuses on North America, work in the department reflects and leads a growing transnational agenda, examining the exchange of influences between North American cultures and those of Asia, Europe and the Americas. Research students are encouraged to think about America in a global context.

Key areas of research strength in the department

Topics of current research students

Examples of recent PhD topics include studies of:

  • The architecture of shopping malls
  • 1960s new social movements
  • The NAACP and visual culture
  • Southern culture and the novel of racial passing
  • The state funeral in the 1960s
  • The Vietnam War and US poetry
  • Race, rock`n`roll and Blues music
  • Female hobos
  • The 1960s in political cinema
  • Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X in international context
  • Frank Sinatra on film 
  • Chinese and Chinese-American Literature
  • Individual authors including Herman Melville, Cormac Mccarthy, Barbara Kingsolver, Dionne Brand, and Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Suburbia and twentieth-century fiction
  • US regionalism and the short story US and British Policies towards Israel Britain, the US and the Atomic Bomb
  • The American Far Right
  • The Know Nothing Party
  • The American Left post-1970 
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