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

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 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 American politics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (15 credits each), four optional modules (60 credits in total), 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

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


  • Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • The Internaiional Politics 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
  • Environmental Issues, Movements and Policies in the Americas
  • International Politics of Latin America


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), provided that 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 opportunities at the Institute of the Americas can be found here.

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, international NGOs, teaching, or for further research in this field.


Students on this 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 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 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 › 12 staff including 2 postdocs › 75 taught students › 19 research students

Department: Institute of the Americas

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"Whilst studying I got the opportunity to work as a journalist and to teach at the University of Iceland. Without my Master’s degree, I do not think this would have been possible."

Sunna Kristin Hilmarsdóttir

Latin American Politics MSc (2014)
Alumni review

"The UCL Institute of the Americas offered the modules that I wanted to take in order for me to help progress my career. In this respect it has been invaluable, giving me the knowledge needed to work in an environment dealing with Latin American-related issues on a daily basis."

Ian Perrin

Latin American Politics MSc (2014)

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 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
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 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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