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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

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) 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.

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 requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Funding

Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the areas of literature, language and history.

UCL-IA attracts students funded by Mexican, Chilean, Ecuadorian and other national funding agencies.

Institute of the Americas UK/EU Departmental Studentship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK/EU students applying for Master's programmes at the Institute will automatically be considered for this award.

Institute of the Americas Overseas Departmental Studentship

Value:
$4,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective overseas students applying for Master's programmes at the Institute will automatically be considered for this award.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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Employability

Research students at the institute acquire expert knowledge of the Americas in a number of fields, including history, politics and human rights, economics, environmental sociology, and development. Although primarily trained for academic work, research students at the institute acquire extensive transferable skills, including the ability to analyse and process vast amounts of data, to teach both introductory and advanced courses in their field of expertise, to present research to small and large audiences, to network with diverse groups. This ample and highly adaptable skill base gives research students at the institute an unparalleled edge in a number of employment opportunities.

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 leadings 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.

Student / staff ratios › 14 staff › 60 taught students › 17 research students

Department: Institute of the Americas

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Brähler

Subject: Institute of the Americas PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) 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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