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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

"I chose to apply for graduate study at UCL because the programme was extremely attractive, the supervisors that I was going to work with were great, and because the environment at my department fosters healthy competition and self-development."

Javier Sajuria

Degree: PhD

Subject: Political Science, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences