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Latin American Politics MSc

The Latin American Politics MSc provides students with an opportunity to develop their general and specialist knowledge of major issues in the politics of Latin America. 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)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£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 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.

Select your country:

Degree Information

Students will develop a detailed understanding of the political histories of major Latin American countries, key public policy issues, the challenges of democratisation and democratic consolidation, and the domestic and international influences on political developments in the region. They will gain the key research and analysis skills necessary for professional development in the field of Latin America Politics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (15 credits each), four one-term (15 credits) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credits) module is selected (60 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits).

Please note: Some options may not be available in 2013–14.

Core Modules

  • Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Democratisation in Latin America

Options

  • From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
  • Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges to Democratisation
  • 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
  • The Transformation of Cuba: 1990 to the present
  • Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • Environmental Issues, Movements and Policies in the Americas
  • International Politics of Latin America

Dissertation/report

All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a research topic of their choice (linked to the subject area of one of their taught modules), so long as it contains a substantial politics focus.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, research skills training, and independent reading and research. Assessment is through essays, group and individual presentations, analytical exercises and the dissertation.

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

Funding

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.

Institute of the Americas Overseas Departmental Studentship

Value:
$4,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Institute of the Americas UK/EU Departmental Studentship

Value:
£2,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

Graduates of this programme will be well placed to use their skills and knowledge to find employment in government, business, journalism, finance, international NGOs, teaching, or for further research in this field.

Employability

Students studying on the degree 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. On the basis of such contacts, recent programme graduates have found employment in government (Foreign and 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, coordinating 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 it 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 social sciences and the humanities.

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

Department: Institute of the Americas

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.

Who can apply?

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

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31
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 Latin American Politics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Latin American Politics 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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