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MPhil American Literature

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

9 Months
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20535 GBP
9468 GBP
9468 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
Faculty of English
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The MPhil in American Literature will consist of an intensive foundation course, taught in the Michaelmas term by a team of specialists, which combines detailed attention to specified primary texts with broader investigations into the conceptual, theoretical, and cultural parameters of the literary history of the United States.

Students will be free in the Lent term to choose two from a range of optional courses offered by the MPhils in American Literature, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Criticism and Culture. The MPhil will be examined by means of two pieces of coursework and a dissertation on a topic of the student's choosing. Students will research and write their dissertations over the course of the three terms in close consultation with supervisors.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should have:

1. developed a deeper knowledge of their chosen area within American literary studies and of the critical debates within that area;
2. developed an understanding of critical debates that enables the evaluation of current research in their specialist area;
3. developed an understanding of the broader field of American literary studies and the place of their specialist area within it.

Students wanting to continue from the MPhil to the PhD must obtain a minimum of 70 across the coursework with a minimum of 70 for the dissertation.

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Eligibility Criteria

IELTS- 7.5(Listening 7.0,Writing 7.0,Reading 7.0,Speaking 7.0)

TOEFL- 110(Listening 25,Writing 25,Reading 25,Speaking 25)

Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.

Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)

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Course Modules

Students are required to attend the Foundation Course seminars and the Resources and Methods seminars in Michaelmas term, and in the Lent term two courses from a pool of options that is shared between the M.Phils. in American Literature, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Criticism and Culture and Eighteenth-century and Romantic Studies.

M.Phil. students are required to attend a minimum of ten sessions a year of any of the following fortnightly Graduate Research Seminars: the American Literature Graduate Seminar, the Nineteenth Century Graduate Seminar, the Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature Graduate Seminar.

M.Phil. students are also required to attend the one-day American Literature Symposium which takes place during Easter term.

  • One to one supervision-8 hours per year
  • Seminars & classes-30 hours per year

Each student has a supervisor who gives advice on planning the year’s work and the dissertation in particular. Supervision on the coursework essays is offered by the convenor of the appropriate class. Documentation offering specifications and guidance in relation to each element of assessed work is provided to students. Progress is monitored through the discussion with each student of draft sections of their dissertations by their supervisor and through submitted work:  The short-written exercise, which is submitted in Michaelmas Term, receives feedback from the supervisor; the first course-work which is submitted at the end of Michaelmas term is returned with examiner’s comments at the beginning of Lent term; the Lent-term course-work essay returned with comments at the beginning of Easter term.  Supervisors write termly reports online which can be accessed by the student.

12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation submitted at the end of Easter term and contributing 50% to the final mark.

A short-written exercise which is marked on a pass/resubmission basis.

Two 5,000-word essays. One is submitted at the end of Michaelmas Term the other at the end of Lent Term. These relate to the work pursued in the seminars taken and contribute 20% and 30% respectively to the final mark.

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