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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

Staff View

"The UCL History of Art Department appealed to me because of its long-standing commitment to critical theory, a willingness to embrace interdisciplinary approaches and a research culture in which period isn’t the chief organising factor."

Dr Robert Mills

Reader in Medieval Art

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