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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Americas (Institute of the)

The Institute of the Americas is a hub for research, teaching, and public debate on the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States and Canada. Research students work with leaders in their field to conduct groundbreaking research in history, economics, politics, social policy, environmental studies, and development, and in hemispheric and interdisciplinary approaches to the Americas. The institute boasts the largest programme of postgraduate teaching on the Americas in the UK. Teaching is focused on comparative and interdisciplinary debate in small groups. The institute also runs an unparalleled programme of events on the Americas and functions as a bridge between the academy and the policy community, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media, and civil society.

Student/staff ratios

  • 11 staff
  • 40 taught students
  • 15 research students


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Student View

"After finishing my PhD, I would love to work for a security agency in the public sector, such as Europol, or federal crime agencies or ministries in Brazil, Germany or the UK. I have undergone a lot of careers training while at UCL (Leadership in Action, Women in Management, Career Days)."

Verena Brahler

Degree: PhD

Student View

"The ability to see works of art in situ, both in London galleries and department-subsidised trips to Europe, proved the department's commitment to the analysis of the physical art object and an understanding of the criticality of the work's context."

James Baskerville

Degree: History of Art MA

Subject: History of Art, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences