MA American Studies

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Due to the United States' unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global concern.  This programme introduces students to advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts.

  • This is multidisciplinary programme that promotes study of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors.  It aims to deepen and widen students' knowledge of major topics and issues as well as to enable them to develop a significant measure of expertise in the subject chosen for the thesis.
  • The MA programme draws on the expertise of UCD faculty across a number of departments, as well as that of the Professor American Studies and the contribution of visiting scholars .
  • Students can expect to take modules such as: American Political Tradition, American Culture, America and Globalisation, American Poiltics Today.  In addition they can select an optional module from other schools within the College. In addition they will complete a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words 
  • The programme is available on a full time or part time basis 

Careers & Employability

American Studies graduates have knowledge of American history, culture and politics, making them attractive to multinational companies and national organisations who have extensive relationships with the US. The programme will also interest those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.

Students who have undertaken this programme now work in a variety of areas including Communications, Public relations, Journalism, Research, Teaching, Law.      Employers include: AIB, Google, NYC Department of Education, Western Union, Certus, International Student Card, Johns Hopkins University.

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors in the United States at home and abroad. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students, both individually and as part of a group, to think critically about the United States and the ways in which its role in the world is changing. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as seminar discussions, one-on-one advising, short and long writing assignments, small group activities, presentations, and internships.

  • Students should be able to communicate in interdisciplinary, academic language about the interactions of cultural, social and political factors in the United States at home and abroad.
  • apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
  • develop sophisticated judgments about the United States and ways in which its role in the world is changing.
  • display an understanding of interdisciplinary modes of study.
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public forums with specialist and non-specialist audiences alike.
  • learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in a largely autonomous manner.
  • develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with individual supervision from an academic member of staff.
  • Students should be able to communicate in interdisciplinary, academic language about the interactions of cultural, social and political factors in the United States at home and abroad.
  • apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public forums with specialist and non-specialist audiences alike.
  • develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with individual supervision from an academic member of staff.
  • develop sophisticated judgments about the United States and ways in which its role in the world is changing.
  • display an understanding of interdisciplinary modes of study.
  • learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in a largely autonomous manner.

MA American Studies (Z043) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7055
nonEU    fee per year - € 19200

MA American Studies (Z140) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4235
nonEU    fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

  • An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in areas such as humanities, politics, social science but not exculsively.   Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person).  And maybe asked for additional material
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

"Doing an MA in American Studies at the UCD Clinton Institute was one of the best decisions I have made.  Each of the classes offered were interesting, engaging, and left me with a deeper understanding of American political issues.  I am now putting everything I learned at the Institute to good use by working in Washington DC and so I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone considering it" - Niamh Ní Aonghusa MA graduate 

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The following entry routes are available: