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MA in Caribbean and Latin American Studies

What do the tiny island states of the Caribbean have in common with Latin American giants such as Argentina and Brazil? How can we explain the existence of English, French and Dutch speaking territories on the South and Central American mainland? Is Cuba Latin American or Caribbean?

These are just some of the questions provoked by a comparative and regional study of the Caribbean and Latin America offered by the MA in Caribbean and Latin American Studies.

This unique Master’s programme offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the diverse societies of the Latin American continent and the Caribbean from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective, encompassing not only the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking territories but also the Anglophone, Francophone and Dutch territories of the mainland and islands.

Students will gain a broad empirical knowledge of the diverse societies of Latin America and the Caribbean from the perspective of at least two disciplines, together with an awareness of the general patterns of differences and commonalities in the histories, politics, economies and cultures of the different linguistic territories of the region.

 Research Degrees

The UCL Institute of the Americas provides programmes of study for MPhil and PhD degrees in the history, politics and cultures of the Caribbean, according to the research specialisms of the academic staff.

Research currently being undertaken by postgraduate students at the Institute includes such diverse topics as the impact of patronage politics on democracy and governance in post-independence Belize, and migration and return migration from St Kitts and Nevis to the UK.