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Graduate Admissions

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, Criticism and Culture, 18th Century and Romantic Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Literature. 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; and
  3. developed an understanding of the broader field of American literary studies and the place of their specialist area within it.

Continuing

MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in English; the minimum academic condition for continuation is a pass in the MPhil course.  Other conditions may be imposed.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 7, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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