The University of Nottingham
American and Canadian Studies PhD PhD
The University of Nottingham

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our research focuses on North America itself, as well examining the exchange of influences between North American cultures and those of Asia, Europe and the Americas.

We are the largest department of American and Canadian studies in Europe and have long-standing experience and expertise in supervising PhDs to successful completion.

Work in the department reflects and leads a growing transnational agenda, and research students are encouraged to think about America in a global context. Our particular areas of research specialism include:

  • Canada-US border studies

  • Contemporary cinema

  • Contemporary literature

  • Cultural studies

  • Ethnic-minority literature

  • Film adaptation

  • Indigenous literature and cinema

  • Prize culture

  • Queer studies

  • Settler-colonialism

  • Women's writing

  • Young adult literature

You will complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words. The topic will be agreed with your supervisors (usually two co-supervisors). You also take a verbal examination (viva voce) at the end of your thesis, where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in each element) English language requirements - As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications. This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study American and Canadian Studies PhD, PhD, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD study, we would usually expect you to hold or be working towards a masters degree in a relevant subject


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a government funded research university based in Nottingham, England. Their aim is to become global leaders in education and research, cultivating a culture of curiosity and ambition. The university’s main campus is located approximately half an hour’s bus ride away from Nottingham city centre, which gives students the peace and quiet they need to study while not removing them completely from metropolitan comforts.

Student composition of The University of Nottingham

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

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