International Relations of the Americas MSc

This MSc provides a detailed and systematic understanding of the international relations of the Americas, with regard both to inter-American relations and relations with the world beyond. It offers contemporary and historical perspectives and situates this empirical knowledge within general theories of international relations and foreign policy analysis.

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?

This programme, which is unique in the UK, introduces students to skills essential for the analytic study of the international relations of the Americas and assessment of the hemispherical and global issues currently facing foreign policy-makers in the nation-states of the Americas.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of the Americas occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK, promoting, co-ordinating 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 1 core module (15 credits), 5 optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • International Politics of Latin America


  • Either Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy
  • and/or Canada and the Americas
  • Either Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • or Researching the Americas: The United States
  • And a minimum of 15 credits or a maximum of 45 credits from the following:
  • The United States in the World, 1776–1900
  • US Economic Policy from the New Deal to Obama
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society
  • US Presidents and US Presidency
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

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 a dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Studentships of £4,000 for Overseas and £2,000 for UK/EU students are available and are awarded on academic merit. No separate application is required – the institute will use information on your UCL application to shortlist.

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, French or Portuguese is useful but not essential.

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?

This programme is suitable for UK and EU applicants from a history, politics, international relations or American studies background. It is also likely to appeal overseas applicants from North and Latin America.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study International Relations of the Americas at graduate level
  • why you want to study International Relations of the Americas at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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.


This new MSc has not yet had a graduating cohort but it is aimed at enhancing employability for those interested in careers in the diplomati service, think-tanks, journalism, and business with Americas markets.

Next steps


Postgraduate Officer

T: +44 (0)20 7679 9748


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