Taught degree

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015
Please note that some funding schemes have an earlier application deadline; please view the Funding section for further details.

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 programmme.

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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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 one-term (15 credit) option modules – or equivalent if a two-term (30 credit) module is selected – (60 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits).

Please note: Some options may not be available

Core Modules

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


  • Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • Political Economy and Social Change: A History of Latin America during the 'long' Twentieth Century
  • Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
  • Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
  • Society and Development in Latin America
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • Economic Policy and Social Development in Contemporary Latin America
  • International Politics of Latin America
  • Environmental Issues, Movements and Policies in the Americas
  • The Transformation of Cuba, 1990s to the present
  • The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution


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.


Institute of the Americas UK/EU Departmental Studentship

1 year
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

1 year
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


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 taking this degree 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 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 actively maintains links with academic, cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the region. The Institute provides a unique environment in which to study all aspects of the Americas.

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