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The Americas MPhil/PhD

The UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. It acts as a focal point in the UK for students and researchers seeking to develop in-depth regional and continental knowledge of the Americas.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,455 (PT)
£19,010 (FT) £9,560 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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The institute is a hub for research on the Americas, with a unique hemispheric provision covering the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Research students work with leaders in the field to conduct cutting-edge research in history, politics, economics, social policy, sociology, political economy, environmental studies, international relations and development.

Research areas

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, including Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

Particular fields of research expertise at the institute include:
  • Climate change and sustainable development
  • History of the Americas
  • Human rights, justice and democratisation
  • Labour history, politics and policy
  • Race, ethnicity and gender in the Americas
  • Social policy in Latin America
  • State, market and the economy
  • The Caribbean: history, politics, society
  • The US presidency
  • US foreign policy
  • Comparative, international and transnational studies of the Americas.
Research undertaken by members of staff, associates, visiting fellows, and research students spans the whole of the American continent, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

It also covers the study of relations between regions in the Americas and of relations between the Americas and the rest of the world. The research community is focused on producing ground-breaking research at the forefront of several academic disciplines while contributing to the development of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the Americas.

It is also actively engaged in research at the interface of academia and policy, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media, and civil society, in the UK, the Americas, and beyond.

The institute is also actively engaged in research at the interface of academia and policy, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media and civil society in the UK, the Americas, and beyond.
More information can be found on the department website: The Americas MPhil/PhD


Institute of the Americas offers a number of funding opportunities that can be found here.

UCL Institute of the Americas attracts students funded by Mexican, Chilean, Ecuadorian and other national funding agencies.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates are employed in universities, think tanks, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, international bodies, and other institutions around the world.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Analyst, Ministry of Education of Chile (MINEDUC)


Research students at the institute acquire expert knowledge of the Americas in a number of fields, including history, politics, human rights, social policy, economics, environmental sociology, international relations and development. Although primarily trained for academic work, research students at the institute acquire extensive transferable skills, including the ability to develop and carry out original and insightful research, to teach both introductory and advanced courses in their field of expertise, to present research to small and large audiences, and network with diverse groups.


Students at the Institute of the Americas benefit from numerous networking opportunities. The institute hosts both formal and informal networks of scholars based in the UK, Europe and the Americas, and has very strong links to a number of institutions such as embassies and high commissions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British Library and the British Museum, and NGOs and think tanks. It also benefits from close relations with business communities in the UK and the Americas. An attractive network of UCL-wide Americas-focused research students help to coordinate networking opportunities within and beyond academia.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

At the UCL Institute of the Americas research students thrive in an environment that offers in-depth and world-leading expertise, world-class libraries and excellent study facilities in central London. Moreover, our unrivalled events programme hosts many of the leading scholars working on the Americas today and our Fellowship programmes allow scholars from across the region to participate in, and enhance, the scholarly life of our community. In this world-class environment, our research students have an unmatched opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks to succeed in any number of fields, including academia, the third sector, and government.

Department: Institute of the Americas

Student / staff numbers › 14 staff including 2 postdocs › 88 taught students › 28 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of the Americas

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"I've been particularly impressed by the resources and infrastructure provided by UCL for supporting the work of research students. The quality and availability of information technologies have been particularly valuable. I've also found particularly valuable to find a wide portfolio of modules offered by the doctoral school that allows research students to enhance their skills and achieve a well-rounded educational experience at UCL."

Ivan Lobo

The Americas MPhil/PhD

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Applicants should visit the institute web site for details on how to identify potential supervisors and apply for the programme. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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