Caribbean and Latin American Studies MA


This MA offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the diverse societies of both the South American continent and the Caribbean from a multi-disciplinary 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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 31 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

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.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of the Americas has the largest programme of teaching, research and events on the Americas in the UK, covering Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States.

In additon to tuition by world-leading scholars, students benefit from access to a wide range of events, seminars, and conferences on the Americas delivered by scholars, policy makers, diplomats, activists and other experts on the region.

Actively maintaining links with academic, cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the region. The Institute provides a unique environment in which to study all aspects of the Americas.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (15 credits each), three one-term (15 credit) option modules – or equivalent if a two-term (30 credit) module is selected – (45 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits).

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

Core Modules

  • Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Globalisation and Latin American Development: Latin America in the 21st Century

Options

  • Economic Policy and Social Development in Contemporary Latin America
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges to Democratisation
  • Society and Development in Latin America
  • Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
  • Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Political Economy and Social Change" A History of Latin America during the 'long' Twentieth Century
  • The Caribbean from the Haitan Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society
  • The Transformation of Cuba, 1990s to the present
  • Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • Environmental Issues, Movements and Policies in the Americas
  • international Politics of Latin America

Dissertation/report

All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic relating to Globalisation and/or Development in Latin America

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, independent reading and research. Assessment is through written assignments including essays and primary source analysis, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Santander Universities Scholarship (Institute of the Americas)

To assist the most academically able students from leading universities to pursue a Master's programme at UCL.

Institute of the Americas UK/EU Departmental Studentship

Institute of the Americas Overseas Departmental Studentship

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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, French 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 programmme.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Please note that some funding schemes have an earlier application deadline; please view the Funding section for further details.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates with a first degree in a relevant subject, who have some competence in Spanish, French and/or Portuguese, and who wish to develop their understanding of Caribbean and 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 Caribbean and Latin American Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Caribbean and 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.

Employability

Students taking this degree will have excellent opportunities to expand professional networks enhancing their future employability. Through institute staff members' extensive contacts in the region, and through meeting those interested professionals who participate in the institute's extremely active events programme, students will meet potential colleagues in government and the diplomatic service, development agencies and the international NGO community, business and finance, and print and electronic media. On the basis of such contacts, recent graduates have found employment in government (Foreign & Commonwealth Office), NGOs (Amnesty International, Caritas) and political risk-analysis firms, while others have undertaken PhD research.


Next steps

Contact

Postgraduate Officer

T: +44 (0)20 7679 9748

Department

Institute of the Americas

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