International Relations of the Americas MSc

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This degree embraces modules on both North and Latin America, with compulsory study of both regions. The programme focuses on inter-American and on Latin/North American global relations, and combines breadth with (especially in relation to the 15,000 word dissertation) the depth appropriate for this level of study. The programme provides a detailed and systematic understanding of the International Relations of the Americas both with regard to inter-American relations and relations with the world beyond the Americas. It offers contemporary and historical perspectives on the International Relations of the Americas and situates this empirical knowledge within general theories of international relations and foreign policy analysis. The programme introduces students to skills essential for the analytic study of the International Relations of the Americas and assessment of the hemispheric and global issues currently facing foreign policy-makers in the nationstates of the Americas.

Programme structure

To ensure study of the North and South of the Americas, students take two compulsory modules, International Politics of Latin America (15 credits), and Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy (15 credits). They additionally choose one module from two specified research-skills options, and 45 credits of further substantive-subject options from a broader range of modules. The final element of the programme is the research dissertation of 15,000 words.

NOTE: Some module options and elective modules may not be available every year.

The programme has three core elements.  In term 1 students must take a Researching the Americas module, which provides guidance for undertaking the research dissertation in Term 3.  Depending on their preferred focus of study, they may choose either AMERG001: Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean or AMERG002: Researching the Americas: USA.  Students must also take AMERGO39: The International Politics of Latin America in Term 1 and AMERG011: Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy in Term 2.

ONE module, to choose from:

All students take:


Full-time 1 year

Part-time 2 years


All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words relating to the International Relations of the Americas

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, independent reading and research. There are a range of assessments including essays, a short oral presentation, and the dissertation.

Tuition fees and funding (2015/16)

UK/EU Full Time
UK/EU Part Time
Overseas Full Time
Overseas Part Time

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Deadline for applications

July 31, 2015

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