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Latin American Politics MSc
The Latin American Politics MSc provides students with an opportunity to develop their general and specialist knowledge of major issues in the politics of Latin America. Students engage with a range of theoretical approaches, and they can take options in the fields of international politics, political sociology and human rights.
What will I learn?
Students will develop a detailed understanding of the political histories of major Latin American countries, key public policy issues, the challenges of democratisation and democratic consolidation, and the domestic and international influences on political developments in the region. They will gain the key research and analysis skills necessary for professional development in the field of Latin America Politics.
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 it 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 social sciences and the humanities.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (15 credits each), four one-term (15 credits) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credits) module is selected (60 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits).
Please note: Some options may not be available in 2013–14.
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), so long as it contains substantial politics focus.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, research skills training, and independent reading and research. Assessment is through essays, group and individual presentations, analytical exercises, closed book examinations and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
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 their 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
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 Politics 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 Politics at graduate level
- why you want to study Latin American Politics 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
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: