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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Institute of the Americas

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Not Applicable
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Latin American Studies MA

This multi-disciplinary degree brings together the academic expertise of staff of the Institute of the Americas with Latin American specialists from four colleges of the University of London. The programme provides a comprehensive range of specialist modules in the social sciences and humanities, attracting students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will develop analytic and critical perspectives in multidisciplinary aspects of Latin American anthropology, cultural studies and literature, economics, geography and environmental issues, history, politics and international relations, depending on their chosen areas of specialisation. They will gain key research skills, together with in-depth knowledge of current analytical debates in the field of Latin American Studies.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of the Americas occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK, promoting, coordinating and providing a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas - Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

The Institute actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the Americas, and provides resources to the wider academic community, serving and strengthening national networks of North Americanist, Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist scholars.

Students benefit from tuition by world-leading scholars in an academic environment at the cutting edge of research in the humanities and social sciences.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), five one-term (15 credits) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credits) module is selected (75 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits).

Please note: Some options may not be available in 2013–14.

Core Module

  • Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean

Options

  • Text, Image and Texture: History and Archaeology in 16th Century Mexico
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • Development in Latin America
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges to Democratisation
  • Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Society and Development in Latin America
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • Nationalism and National Identity in Twentieth Century Latin America
  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
  • Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean

Dissertation/report

All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a research topic of their choice linked to the subject area of one of their taught modules.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, research skills training, independent reading and research. Assessment is through essays and term papers, group and individual presentations, analytical exercises, closed book examinations and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A basic reading competence in Spanish or Portuguese is desirable. Students without such skills may be considered but are advised to undertake a separate language course prior to or during the programme.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 30 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates with a first degree in a relevant subject, who have competence in Spanish and/or Portuguese, and who wish to develop their understanding of Latin American Studies for further research or a career in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Latin American Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Latin American Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Graduates of this programme will be well placed to use their skills and knowledge to find employment in government, business, journalism, finance and international NGOs, teaching, or for further research in this field.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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