Latin American Studies MA

This multi-disciplinary degree brings together the academic expertise of staff of the Institute of the Americas with Latin American specialists from four colleges of the University of London. 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 the 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 analytic and critical perspectives in multi-disciplinary aspects of Latin American anthropology, cultural studies and literature, economics, geography and environmental issues, history, politics and international relations, depending on their chosen areas of specialisation. They will gain key research skills, together with in-depth knowledge of current analytical debates in the field of Latin American Studies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), and the research dissertation (90 credits). Of the 75 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 Module

  • Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Confronting the Colossus: US Anti-imperialism, 1945-present
  • Democratization in Latin America
  • Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • Key Economic Thinkers of Latin America
  • The International Politics of Latin America
  • Latin American Economies: Beyond Neoliberalism
  • tin 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
  • Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean


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.

Teaching and Learning

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

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Latin American Studies MA


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.


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, coordinating 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 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 › 12 staff including 2 postdocs › 75 taught students › 19 research students

Department: Institute of the Americas

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"I chose UCL Institute of the Americas as it was the best specialist institute on Latin America in Europe, offering an array of exciting modules, from international relations to archaeology. When it came to studying, I found the quality of teaching to be very high and engaging. The transferable skills I acquired have been fundamental in helping me to compete in the workplace, with the knowledge gained on globalisation, trade and international politics being directly useful to my current job."

Rebecca Ross

Latin American Studies MSc (2011)

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 Studies 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 Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study 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
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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