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About the Programme

American Studies at UEA has come fifth in the UK with 74 per cent of its research rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) in The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Within the Area Studies Unit of Assessment we were the highest rated for American Studies.

UEA is ranked as second in the UK for American Studies by The Guardian University Guide 2018. While the Complete University Guide (2018) ranked UEA fifth in the UK for American Studies.

Research Expertise

The Department of American Studies is a centre for world-leading research into the life and culture of the United States and beyond. Powerfully underpinned by the UEA's tradition of, and commitment to, interdisciplinary research, our areas of expertise range from the Revolutionary period to the present day, encompassing literature and drama, history, politics and foreign relations.

Our research strategy is driven by a desire to enhance understandings of human cultures and communities, their historic and literary transformations, and by the questions of power and identity that issue from such investigations.

Particular research strengths include Histories of Power and Protest; Space Place, and Environment; Popular and Avant-Garde Cultures; Transatlantic and Transpacific Studies.

The research we undertake has demonstrated significant impact, benefiting a wide variety of groups from practitioners and professionals (film-makers, interpreters, lawyers, police, and teachers), to communities facing particular intercultural challenges (whether native communities or immigrants to Norfolk), and the general public (from local children to visitors to special events).

PhD Programme in American Studies

We are proud to foster a strong and vibrant research community among our postgraduate students. Their research is an active ingredient in shaping the future of our field of study.

We're committed to providing an environment that promotes among students the values of interdisciplinarity, internationalisation and global thinking that underpin our own research.

As a postgraduate student you will be part of a vibrant research community that brings faculty and students together regularly. You'll participate in research seminars, where visiting speakers and Faculty and students come together to present and discuss papers based on their research. You'll also develop your research and professional skills through sessions organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School. In addition, the postgraduate community come together each month to discuss their work in progress, sharing and exchanging ideas collaboratively.

A variety of fully-funded studentships are available each year for PhD applicants. Financial support is also available from the School and Faculty for students to participate in networking and engagement activities.

For further information on the projects of current and former PhD students in AMS see:

Humanities Graduate School:



The deadline for these studentships has now passed.

A number of funded and self-funded PhD projects are offered throughout the academic year. Further projects will be advertised in due course.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire for further information.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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