Prospective postgraduates

Programme structure

The programme involves two semesters of teaching followed by an individual research project. Within one of the biggest scholarly communities of American historians in the UK, you will have a range of courses to choose from, enabling you to tailor your degree to your interests and ambitions


The MSc lasts for 12 months from September to the end of August in the following year. To be awarded an MSc you must complete the coursework and a dissertation.  

The taught courses are worth a total of 120 credit points and are assessed mainly by essays and written work. Provided you achieve the required standard, you will proceed to a period of individual research from May to August, resulting in a final dissertation worth a further 60 credits.



Taught courses

You will take several courses across two semesters of teaching, including two compulsory courses and a range of optional courses.


You will undertake a research project and produce a dissertation in the summer months which is submitted on an assigned date in mid-August.