International Relations of the Americas MSc

This MSc provides a detailed and systematic understanding of the international relations of the Americas, with regard both to inter-American relations and relations with the world beyond. 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:
31 July 2015

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 useful but not essential.

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

This programme, which is unique in the UK, introduces students to skills essential for the analytic study of the international relations of the Americas and assessment of the hemispherical and global issues currently facing foreign policy-makers in the nation-states of the Americas.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of 1 core module (15 credits), 5 optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • International Politics of Latin America
  • Either Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy or Canada and the Americas
  • Either Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean or Researching the Americas: The United States


  • Politics of US Foreign Policy
  • The Transformation of Cuba: 1990 to the Present
  • Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • Environmental Issues, Movements and Policy in the Americas
  • In Uncle Sam’s Shadow: Canada and the Americas since 1898
  • US Economic Policy from the New Deal to Obama
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society
  • US Presidents and US Presidency
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

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 a dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site International Relations of the Americas MSc


Studentships of £4,000 for Overseas and £2,000 for UK/EU students are available and are awarded on academic merit. No separate application is required – the institute will use information on your UCL application to shortlist.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed 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.


This new MSc has not yet had a graduating cohort but it is aimed at enhancing employability for those interested in careers in the diplomatic service, think-tanks, journalism, and business with Americas markets.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL 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 - 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 › 14 staff › 60 taught students › 17 research students

Department: Institute of the Americas

Degree reviews

Staff review

"It's both a pleasure and a privilege for me to be at UCL. It's the pinnacle of my career and I'm not going anywhere else. What's not to like about great colleagues, great students, and a great research environment – all in a leafy spot in the heart of London!"

Professor Iwan Morgan

MA United States Studies: History and Politics MSc International Relations of the Americas MA History
Professor of US Studies and Commonwalth Fund Professor of American History

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?

This programme is suitable for UK and EU applicants from a history, politics, international relations or American studies background. It is also likely to appeal overseas applicants from North and Latin America.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 July 2015
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 International Relations of the Americas at graduate level
  • why you want to study International Relations of the Americas at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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