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Caribbean and Latin American Studies MA

This MA offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the diverse societies of both the South American continent and the Caribbean from a multi-disciplinary and comparative perspective. The programme’s graduates have established careers in research, journalism, teaching and policy formulation and implementation in both government agencies and NGOs.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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 desirable. Students without such skills may be considered but are advised to undertake a separate language course prior to or during their programme.

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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Degree Information

Students will gain a broad empirical knowledge of the diverse societies of Latin America and the Caribbean from the perspective of at least two disciplines, together with an awareness of the general patterns of differences and commonalities in the histories, politics, economies and cultures of the different linguistic territories of the region.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (15 credits each), four optional modules (60 credits each), and the research dissertation (90 credits). Of the 60 optional module credits, students can choose a maximum of 30 credits from other departments or from other University of London colleges, subject to the Programme Director's approval.

Core Modules

  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • The International Politics of Latin America
  • Key Economic Thinkers of Latin America
  • Latin American Economies: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • Latin American Political Economy
  • The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society
  • Money and Politics in Latin America
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
  • Society and Development in Latin America
  • Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • Environmental Issues, Movements and Policies in the Americas
  • International Politics of Latin America


All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic relating to the Caribbean, or Latin America and the Caribbean.

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 the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Caribbean and Latin American Studies MA


Funding opportunities at the Institute of the Americas can be found here.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. 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 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.


Students will have excellent opportunities to expand professional networks enhancing their future employability. Through institute staff members' extensive 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 diplomatic service, development agencies and the international NGO community, business and finance, and print and electronic media. On the basis of such contacts, recent graduates have found employment in government (Foreign & Commonwealth Office), NGOs (Amnesty International, Caritas) and political risk-analysis firms, while others have undertaken PhD research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The 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, including 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.

Student / staff ratios › 12 staff including 2 postdocs › 75 taught students › 19 research students

Department: Institute of the Americas

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.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates with a first degree in a relevant subject, who have some competence in Spanish, French and/or Portuguese, and who wish to develop their understanding of Caribbean and Latin American Studies for further research or a career in this field.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016
Please note that some funding schemes have an earlier application deadline; please view the Funding section for further details.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Caribbean and Latin American Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Caribbean and Latin American Studies 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.

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