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Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc

This MSc examines the many and varied issues raised by globalisation and the ways in which Latin American societies have responded to them. It prepares students to analyse and contribute to debates surrounding globalisation and Latin American development and establish careers in research, journalism and policy formulation and implementation within 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 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 understanding of theoretical constructions of globalisation and of key contributions to current debates surrounding globalisation and Latin American development. They will be able to explain and provide specific national examples of the ways – economic, political, social, cultural and environmental – in which Latin American development is influenced by global processes.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and the research dissertation (90 credits).

Please note: Some options may not be available in some years due to staff research leave.

Core Modules

  • Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Globalisation and Latin American Development: Latin America in the 21st Century


  • Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
  • Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • Society and Development in Latin America
  • The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics, and Society
  • Latin American Economies: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • The International Politics of Latin America
  • Money and Politics in Latin America
  • Latin American Political Economy
  • Students may also choose elective modules up to a maximum of 30 credits from other UCL departments or University of London colleges, subject to the Programme Director's approval.
  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution


All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a research topic of their choice related to globalisation and development in Latin America.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, independent reading and research, seminar discussions and research skills training. Assessment is through essays, term papers, presentations, analytical exercises and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc


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.


Some graduates from the MSc have gone onto PhD studies, while others have put their research skills to good use working in the policy sector. In terms of commercial opportunities, the alternative energy sector has provided employment for our graduates in recent years. Journalism is also a popular career path and the MSc has been used as a stepping stone into positions with global news agencies, broadcasting corporations and media groups. Many students find employment with NGOs and charitable organisations - working to improve the prospects of marginalised social groups in the region.


Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc graduates will have excellent opportunities to expand their professional networks and establish personal contacts that enhance their future employability. Through institute staff members' extensive professional and personal 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 foreign service, development agencies and the international NGO community, business and finance, and print and electronic media. Numerous programme graduates have found employment in industry, state agencies and the third sector via these routes.

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 addition 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 provides a unique environment in which to study the Americas and excellent networking opportunities are available through our strong links with academic, cultural, diplomatic, policy and business institutions with interests in the region.

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

Department: Institute of the Americas

Degree reviews

Student review

"I was impressed by the range of opportunities for taking courses outside one's parent department. It means that it is possible to deepen your interests even when they are not accommodated by your department. I have attended events relevant to my studies and also reached out to organisations that particularly appeal to me due to the profile of their work. Moreover, fairs organised by UCL Careers are also a great opportunity to network both with potential employers as well as with fellow students."

Weronika Ozieranska

Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc

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 Bachelor's degree in any subject, who have competence in Spanish and/or Portuguese, and who wish to develop their understanding of globalisation and Latin American development for further research and/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?

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.

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