American and Canadian Studies MRes

 
  

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Qualification
MRes American and Canadian Studies
Duration
Various
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science 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 MRes
Other requirements

Research overview

The Department of American and Canadian Studies welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue an MRes degree in a variety of research areas. 

Some prospective postgraduate students already have a clear idea of the area and topic that they wish to research and a student can effectively lay the ground work for a PhD by doing a masters by research rather than a taught masters.

While this degree is a Research Preparation Masters, it is assessed solely by a 30,000 word dissertation and is taught primarily by supervision, with each student working with a team of two supervisors who facilitate the research. MRes students undertake the Faculty of Arts postgraduate researcher training programme and  attend the weekly postgraduate work-in-progress seminars to which they contribute their own work and receive feedback from faculty and student peers. The dissertation is submitted after one year of full-time study and assessed by an external and an internal examiner. Usually an oral examination is not required but it is an option for the examining team to request one.

The department has had repeated success in securing AHRC support for MRes students.  

Particular areas of research specialism include: 

  • the American Enlightenment
  • antebellum slavery and politics
  • antebellum writing
  • the history of the South
  • media cultures, cinema and literature of the American South
  • post-1945 foreign policy, especially US relations with South East Asia and the Kennedy/Johnson administrations
  • Neoconservatism and the political Far Right
  • post-1945 intellectual history
  • labour and the US penal system
  • race, culture and  the Civil Rights Movement
  • Hispanic migrant communities.
  • African-American painting and photography
  • the culture, film and literature of the American South
  • slave and captivity narratives
  • 19th century print cultures
  • New social movements and political culture (including fiction)
  • the study of decades in American culture (especially the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s)
  • Canadian literature
  • gay, lesbian and queer literature and theory
  • contemporary US and postcolonial fiction
  • business and the workplace in American literature
  • 19th- 20th- and 21st century American and Canadian literature
  • post-colonial literatures and theory
  • race, gender and sexuality in literature and culture
  • regional and ethnic literary culture and the major movements of Realism, Modernism and Post-Modernism
 

Facilities

The department welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue MRes or PhD degrees. Research students come to Nottingham from the UK and overseas, including the EU, the Middle and Far East, Latin America and the United States. With their diversity of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, they constitute a rich, rewarding and supportive postgraduate community. 

All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme. The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students.

The department offers research students:

  • advanced research training
  • expert supervision (each student is allocated two supervisors)
  • frequent reviews and feedback on progress
  • departmental research seminars/work in progress sessions
  • well-equipped work bases, with excellent library and IT facilities
  • support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loan
 

Research support

Research students benefit from the well-established research environment and professional training available. Postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in a range of vital learning experiences while studying in the department, including the department’s Postgraduate Professional Development Programme and the University’s Graduate School research training courses. Many of our research students publish high-quality books and articles and have secured teaching positions in universities both in the UK and abroad.

Research supervision 

In terms of research student supervision, the department does all it can to meet recommended practice in this area. Students have supervisors who regularly read and advise on their work and attend that student’s works-in-progress presentation. Work-in-progress sessions are regularly held and provide an opportunity for students to present their ongoing research to their peers, supervisors, invited members of academic staff and research students from other schools in the University.

Support for students 

Students have dedicated study space within the school, accessing computers and the internet. Research students are also offered advice on publishing and professional development by supervisors and through the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which involves stage-specific training sessions offered by the Arts Graduate Centre. There are opportunities for students to act as teaching assistants on undergraduate courses. In order to do this, students are required to take training courses run by the Graduate School in the year prior to such teaching and to attend the School’s teaching induction sessions. Teaching assistants are supported and monitored by the 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.

More information about 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 masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

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 masters 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

 

Average starting salary and career progression

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

Consequently - and owing to our reputation for excellence - over 95% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts entered employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation in 2015. The average starting salary was £20,250 with the highest being £33,000.** 

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 
**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on 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.

 
 
 
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The Department of American and Canadian Studies welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue an MRes degree in a variety of research areas. 

Some prospective postgraduate students already have a clear idea of the area and topic that they wish to research and a student can effectively lay the ground work for a PhD by doing a masters by research rather than a taught masters.

While this degree is a Research Preparation Masters, it is assessed solely by a 30,000 word dissertation and is taught primarily by supervision, with each student working with a team of two supervisors who facilitate the research. MRes students undertake the Faculty of Arts postgraduate researcher training programme and  attend the weekly postgraduate work-in-progress seminars to which they contribute their own work and receive feedback from faculty and student peers. The dissertation is submitted after one year of full-time study and assessed by an external and an internal examiner. Usually an oral examination is not required but it is an option for the examining team to request one.

The department has had repeated success in securing AHRC support for MRes students.  

Particular areas of research specialism include: 

  • the American Enlightenment
  • antebellum slavery and politics
  • antebellum writing
  • the history of the South
  • media cultures, cinema and literature of the American South
  • post-1945 foreign policy, especially US relations with South East Asia and the Kennedy/Johnson administrations
  • Neoconservatism and the political Far Right
  • post-1945 intellectual history
  • labour and the US penal system
  • race, culture and  the Civil Rights Movement
  • Hispanic migrant communities.
  • African-American painting and photography
  • the culture, film and literature of the American South
  • slave and captivity narratives
  • 19th century print cultures
  • New social movements and political culture (including fiction)
  • the study of decades in American culture (especially the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s)
  • Canadian literature
  • gay, lesbian and queer literature and theory
  • contemporary US and postcolonial fiction
  • business and the workplace in American literature
  • 19th- 20th- and 21st century American and Canadian literature
  • post-colonial literatures and theory
  • race, gender and sexuality in literature and culture
  • regional and ethnic literary culture and the major movements of Realism, Modernism and Post-Modernism
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