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.


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: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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
  • The International Politics of Latin America

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:


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 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.

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 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, international NGOs, teaching, or for further research in this field.

Employability

Students studying on the degree will have excellent opportunities to expand their professional networks and establish personal contacts that enhance their future employability. Through Institute staff members' extensive professional and personal 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 foreign service, development agencies and the international NGO community, business and finance, and print and electronic media. On the basis of such contacts, recent programme graduates have found employment in government (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), NGOs (Amnesty International, Caritas) and political risk-analysis firsm, 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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