Hull pioneered American Studies in Britain. After more than half a century, American Studies at Hull has one of the finest collections of American resources of any British university. This is a superb archive for postgraduate research students on our MPhil and PhD courses. Our academic staff have distinguished national and international reputations for teaching and research, and, like the University of Hull as a whole, American Studies at Hull is also known as one of the friendliest departments in the country.
One of our strengths is our ability to carry our research across disciplinary borders best illustrated through recent PhD projects such as 'How Can One Tell the Truth About My Lai?', which examined how historians, novelists, journalists, filmmakers, and the US Army sought to ‘explain' the notorious Vietnamese massacre of 1968. Another recent project drew upon cultural studies, gender studies and political history to analyse Cold War history to explore 'Masculinity and Myth in Marvel Comics, 1961-74'. Many of our successful PhD candidates have published books or have gone on to become lecturers at universities including Cambridge, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bangor, Manchester and Northumbria. Others have entered teaching, publishing, arts administration and broadcasting.
Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics. If you want to discuss your ideas before drawing up a formal proposal, please contact our Director of Studies, Dr Josephine Metcalf.
Our principal areas of historical expertise include:
- gang culture and the incarceral society
- history on film
- Mexican-American history
- the African-American experience during and after
- the Civil Rights movement
- the Cold War era
- war and 20th-century American society
In literary and cultural studies, our main areas of research activity include:
- cinematic and televisual narratives
- conspiracy culture at the turn of the millennium
- modern American poetry
- Modernist and Postmodernist aesthetics
- the racing and gendering of contemporary American culture
- 20th-century visual art (painting, photography, sculpture and architecture)
- radical culture
Open for admission in 2017/18
MPhil: 2 years (full-time)
/ 3 years (part-time)
PhD: 4 years (full-time)
/ 7 years (part-time)
Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)
These fees are for all American Studies research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.
The Postgraduate Training Scheme
It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.