UCL Institute of the Americas


Graduate Research

The UCL Institute of the Americas is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. It acts as a focal point in the UK for students and researchers seeking to develop in-depth regional and continental knowledge of the Americas.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 23 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£22,230 (FT)
£11,190 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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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The institute is a hub for research on the Americas, with a unique hemispheric provision covering the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Research students work with leaders in the field to conduct cutting-edge research in history, politics, economics, anthropology, social policy, sociology, political economy, environmental studies, international relations and development.

Research areas

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.

Particular fields of research expertise at the institute include:

  • Climate change and sustainable development
  • History of the Americas
  • Human rights, justice and democratisation
  • Labour history, politics and policy
  • Race, ethnicity and gender in the Americas
  • Social policy in Latin America
  • State, market and the economy
  • The Caribbean: history, politics, society
  • The US presidency
  • US foreign policy
  • Comparative, international and transnational studies of the Americas.

Research undertaken by members of staff, associates, visiting fellows, and research students spans the whole of the American continent, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

It also covers the study of relations between regions in the Americas and of relations between the Americas and the rest of the world. The research community is focused on producing ground-breaking research at the forefront of several academic disciplines while contributing to the development of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the Americas.

The institute is also actively engaged in research at the interface of academia and policy, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media and civil society in the UK, the Americas, and beyond.

More information can be found on the department website: The Americas MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


The Institute of the Americas offers a number of funding opportunities.

UCL Institute of the Americas attracts students funded by Mexican, Chilean, Ecuadorian and other national funding agencies.

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 are employed in universities, think tanks, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, international bodies, and other institutions around the world.


Research students at the institute acquire expert knowledge of the Americas in a number of fields, including history, politics, human rights, social policy, economics, environmental sociology, anthropology, international relations and development. Although primarily trained for academic work, research students at the institute acquire extensive transferable skills, including the ability to develop and carry out original and insightful research, to teach both introductory and advanced courses in their field of expertise, to present research to small and large audiences, and network with diverse groups.


Students at the Institute of the Americas benefit from numerous networking opportunities. The institute hosts both formal and informal networks of scholars based in the UK, Europe and the Americas, and has very strong links to a number of institutions such as embassies and high commissions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British Library and the British Museum, and NGOs and think tanks. It also benefits from close relations with business communities in the UK and the Americas. An attractive network of UCL-wide Americas-focused research students helps to co-ordinate networking opportunities within and beyond academia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

At the UCL Institute of the Americas, research students thrive in an environment that offers in-depth and world-leading expertise, world-class libraries and excellent study facilities in central London. Moreover, our unrivalled events programme hosts many of the leading scholars working on the Americas today and our Fellowship programmes allow scholars from across the region to participate in, and enhance, the scholarly life of our community. In this world-class environment, our research students have an unmatched opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks to succeed in any number of fields, including academia, the third sector, and government.

Department: Institute of the Americas

What our students and staff say

Student review

"I've been particularly impressed by the resources and infrastructure provided by UCL for supporting the work of research students. The quality and availability of information technologies have been particularly valuable. I've also found it particularly valuable to find a wide portfolio of modules offered by the doctoral school that allows research students to enhance their skills and achieve a well-rounded educational experience at UCL."

Ivan Lobo

The Americas MPhil/PhD

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
23 July 2021

Applicants should visit the institute website for details on how to identify potential supervisors and apply for the programme. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see the UCL How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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