A master's in American Studies enables students to gain a full appreciation and understanding of American culture, politics and society within an interdisciplinary framework. Ideal foundations for research or careers in North American institutions, teaching, public relations, media and publishing or the financial sector.
- Offers the opportunity to study with leading international experts dealing with North America.
- As an interdisciplinary programme, the MA enables students to study North America from a variety of different perspectives.
- A wide range of optional taught modules drawing on King’s-wide expertise.
- We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, so specific training on North America is not necessary.
- The unrivalled location in the heart of London brings outstanding advantages. Students enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, unrivalled access to library and archival resources, and easy access to resources in Europe.
- Students are able to take an internship in an American cultural or political institution as part of their studies to increase employability.
Many MA students go on to pursue research, others develop their skills in North American institutions, or else in teaching, journalism, new media and at other universities.
Dr Uta Balbier, Institute of North American Studies
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Year of entry 2013
Arts and Sciences Cross-School Initiatives
Institute of North American Studies
No set number.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16250 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
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Gain a full appreciation and understanding of American culture, politics and society within an interdisciplinary framework.
The degree concentrates on an interdisciplinary and contextualised understanding of American culture, history and society. It consists of two core modules, Introduction to American Studies and US Political Culture in the 20th Century, plus module options and a dissertation.
There are also a range of optional modules from the Institute which can be chosen from (see course structure tab). Outside of the module students have the option to take certain modules within other departments including all the Global Institutes (Brazil, India, China, Russia and International Development), English, History, CMCI (Culture, Media and Creative Industries), Film Studies, War Studies, Institute of Contemporary British History and The Dickson Poon School of Law.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Introduction to American Studies
- US Political Culture in the 20th Century
The Institute of North American Studies offers the following optional modules:
Note: module availability will vary slightly each year
- Mediating America
- Religion and Politics in the 20th Century
- US Sports Cultures
- American Empire
- Cultures of Secrecy - America and Beyond
- Passing in American Culture
- US Political System
- American Popular Culture
- American Gothic
- American Studies Internship
There are also options available from other departments including all the Global Institutes (Brazil, India, China, Russia and International Development), English, History, CMCI (Culture, Media and Creative Industries), Film Studies, War Studies, Institute of Contemporary British History and The Dickson Poon School of Law.
Optional modules offered by other departments:
Film & American Culture
Music & American Culture
Cinema & the City
Liberty and Inequality in the Early American Republic
Civil War in the US
History of Sexuality in America
The Transatlantic in Literature
The Graphic Novel: Origins & Aesthetics
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Taught core and optional modules assessed mostly by coursework, with a few optional modules having an unseen examination, plus a dissertation.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (e.g. American Studies, English, History, Social Sciences).
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor, who will consult other members of the academic staff involved in teaching the programme. Once references and transcripts are received, we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Please submit a one page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans.
Self-funded, AHRC, Graduate School studentships and bursaries.
American Studies MA
Having previously studied at King's for my undergraduate degree, I applied to the MA programme to rejoin an intimate learning environment in which both staff and students are dedicated to their field. The range of modules available within a multidisciplinary framework mean I am not restricted to narrowly defined areas of study, yet the level of expertise and support offered by my tutors also enable me to focus on my main research interest.
American Studies MA
After working on different video and film production projects I wanted to transfer that method of independent learning into academic research. The MA in American Studies is a really great opportunity for me to get stuck in to an advanced level of learning in new and unfamiliar areas of study, while retaining the chance to interject that experience with familiar disciplines and personal interests.
American Studies MA
I decided to choose King’s for my study as its central location within London allowed me to easily access research materials necessary for my thesis at world-renown institutions, such as The British Library.
My thesis explores women’s education in the middle of the nineteenth century at secondary schools in the UK and USA. The interdisciplinary nature of the Institute of North American Studies, allows me to incorporate the fields of English, History, and American Studies. The reputation of the faculty and the Institute of North American Studies itself makes King’s College London a great university to study. In addition, the guest seminar series that my programme host allows for the faculty, staff, and students at King’s College and abroad to socialize on a regular basis and exchange ideas that are relevant to the current topics of interest in academia.
I am also a student ambassador and e-mentor at King’s which allows me to enhance my student experience by promoting the university to prospective students and encouraging them to consider the wonderful opportunities that King’s can offer them. After I complete my degree I wish to go into academia as a professor and inspire students in the same ways I am currently being inspired by my experiences at King’s.