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
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 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.
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
To assist the most academically able students from leading universities to pursue a Master's programme at UCL.
Selection based solely on financial need.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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)."
"I made contacts at other universities and was encouraged to take part in conferences, receiving financial support to do so, which was great for getting general research experience and networking skills."
Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2012
Subject: Geography, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences