Critical American Studies Dissertation (955V1)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Summer teaching

This module enables you to develop your research interests and practices in American Studies into an extended and focused interdisciplinary project in the form of a dissertation (or, by arrangement, another in-depth research-based form such as an archival, gallery, or unique special collections finding aid).

Appropriate supervisors will be sought from American Studies faculty or other departments, if that is appropriate or necessary for the project. The project will utilize American Studies-related archives or resources for which the core modules will have prepared you. The final output will be set at a level equivalent to the same research and intellectual demands required by a 15000-word dissertation. To ensure the latter is the case, the supervisor and course convenor must agree to the proposed project based on the research plan submitted at the end of the spring term.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 8 hours of contact time and about 592 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: