Study Abroad at UCL


The Americas

UCL Institute of the Americas is a leading, multidisciplinary, specialist institution and the largest centre in the UK for the study of Latin America, the USA, 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. The institute overlooks the gardens of Gordon Square. It is within a 10-minute walk of the British Museum and, in addition to UCL’s own world-class library collection, it is close to other major collections, including Senate House Library and the British Library.

Key Information

Social & Historical Sciences
Department website
The Americas
Year, Fall Term, Spring Term
English language level
Level 4 - see English language requirements for more details.
Tuition fees
see Tuition fees for more information
GPA requirement
Subject/Module requirements
Applicants are expected to have an academic background relevant to the programme.

Why study The Americas at UCL?

The History and Politics of the Americas programme offers an innovative curriculum that aims to provide understanding of the historical, political, social and international issues concerning the Americas. Our teaching combines education in history, social sciences, research methods and language competence to prepare students for a wide range of global careers.

What you will gain from study at UCL

As a student at the UCL Institute of the Americas you will enjoy an interdisciplinary environment, where you will be able to take advantage of tuition by world-leading scholars in an academic environment designed to be at the cutting-edge of research in the humanities and social sciences. We encourage comparative and interdisciplinary debate on the Americas and we have the facilities that will enable you to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the most recent scholarship on the region.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is based on lectures, seminar discussions, workshops and individual coursework feedback. Assessment will be based on various types of written coursework and formal examinations, with learning also evaluated through speaking contributions and oral presentations.

Modules in The Americas

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive and, since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2024/25, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title Availability US Credits ECTS Credits UCL Credits
AMER0048 Politics of the United States: Processes and Institutions Spring Term 4 7.5 15
AMER0050 The Making of Modern America: The United States since 1920 Year 8 15 30
AMER0051 The Making of Modern America: The United States since 1920 Affiliate Fall Term, Spring Term 4 7.5 15
AMER0052 Gender, Politics and Society of the Americas Spring Term 4 7.5 15
AMER0054 London and the United States: The Difference a City Makes Spring Term 4 7.5 15
AMER0055 Intimate Matters: Histories of Sexuality in the US and Beyond, 1945-present Fall Term 4 7.5 15
AMER0068 The United States and the Cold War Spring Term 4 7.5 15
AMER0093 The Political Ecology of Development in Latin America Fall Term 4 7.5 15

Contact details

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