Department of American and Canadian Studies

Postgraduate Study

We offer a wide variety of taught and research degrees.

Students benefit from an active and engaged academic community which enhances and empowers their postgraduate experience. Our postgraduate programme is one of the largest and best-supported in the country.


Taught degrees (MA)

Due to the coronavirus restrictions we have had to suspend the following courses for 2020 entry:

  • American Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Languages and Intercultural Studies

We intend to run these courses again from September 2021.

Research degrees

Master of Research

Research your passion supplemented by teaching from our experts. Ideal preparation for a PhD or shorter research topics.

American Studies MRes

Canadian Studies MRes

American and Canadian Studies MRes


Produce a significant piece of research with:

  • support and guidance from our academic staff
  • training to develop your knowledge and research skills.

American and Canadian Studies PhD

American Studies PhD

Canadian Studies PhD

Hispanic and Latin American Studies PhD

Black Studies PhD

Our research specialities

  • African American Literature, History and Culture
  • American Art and Visual Culture
  • American Intellectual History
  • American Labour History
  • American Music and Popular Culture
  • American Political History
  • American Print Culture and Book History
  • Asian American Literature and Culture
  • Canadian Literature and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Crime, Prisons and Criminal Justice
  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Indigenous Culture
  • Latino/a Culture
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • North American Border Studies
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

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