Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc

This MSc examines the theoretical issues raised by globalisation and the variant ways in which different Latin American societies have reacted to it. The programme studies the degree to which contemporary indices of globalisation are continuous with earlier forms of Latin America's global incorporation, and focuses on the ways in which the region's development is influenced by with global processes.

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 understanding of theoretical constructions of globalisation ('hyperglobalist', 'sceptic' and 'transformationalist') and of key contributions to current debates surrounding globalisation and Latin American development. They will be able to explain and provide specific national examples of the ways (economic, political, social, cultural and environmental) in which Latin American development articulates with global processes.

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.

The institute provides a unique environment in which to study the Americas and excellent networking opportunities are available through our strong links with academic, cultural, diplomatic, policy and business institutions with interests in the region.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (15 credits each), four elective modules (amounting to a total of 60 credits), 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


  • Development in Latin America
  • Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
  • The United States and 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
  • Economic Policy and Social Development in Contemporary Latin America
  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • Society and Development in Latin America


All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a research topic of their choice related to Globalisation or Development in Latin America.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, independent reading and research, presentations, seminar discussions and research skills training. Assessment is through essays, term papers, presentations, analytical exercises and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Scholarships available for this department

Institute of the Americas UK/EU Departmental Studentship

Institute of the Americas Overseas Departmental Studentship

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 their 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 good first degree in any subject, who have competence in Spanish and/or Portuguese, and who wish to develop their understanding of Globalisation and Latin American Development for further research and/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 Globalisation and Latin American Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study Globalisation and Latin American Development 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.


Students studying MSc Globalisation and Latin Americal Development 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. Numerous programme graduates have found employment in industry, state agencies and the third sector via these routes.


Some graduates from the MSc have gone onto PhD studies, while others have put their research skills to good unse working in the policy sector. In terms of commercial opportunities, the alternative energy sector has provided employment for our graduates in recent years. Journalism is also popular career path and the MSc has been used as a stepping stone into positions with global news agencies, broadcasting corporations and media groups. A significant subset of students seeks and finds employment in the third sector - NGOs and charitable organisations - working to imporve the prospects of marginalised social groups in the region.

Next steps


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