History and Politics of the Americas BA

London, Bloomsbury
History and Politics of the Americas BA (2024)

Our three-year programme offers a distinctive and flexible degree, taught in a world leading institution (our research was ranked 1st in Area Studies and Impact in the REF 2021). You will be able to explore modules that provide an understanding of the historical, political, social, and international issues concerning the Americas and their global relevance.  

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme starts
September 2025
Application deadline
29 Jan 2025
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 4.

Contextual offer information

Contextual offers are typically one to two grades lower than the standard offer. Grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

Contextual offers are typically one to two grade boundaries (equivalent to A levels) lower than the standard offer. IB Diploma grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

Advanced Highers grades A,A,B (or Advanced Highers grades A,A plus Highers at grades B,B,B)

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels, at grades AAB

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

Our aim is to provide a thorough grounding and opportunities for specialisation in history and politics. Alongside the development of disciplinary expertise, the degree programme promotes cross-disciplinary insight. You will learn how polities and societies evolve, how different disciplinary perspectives relate to each other, and how these perspectives can combine to give a more nuanced understanding of the Americas and their global relevance.

Our curriculum is shaped by the cutting-edge and impactful research undertaken by our academic staff, giving you an insight into the latest developments in the Americas. From transforming torture prevention legislation in Chile to changing the policy design of cash transfer programmes in the developing world, our research has important real-world impact on policy and society. We were ranked 1st for Area Studies and for Impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment.

Across the duration of the programme you will study compulsory modules that provide an introduction to some of the major forces and processes that have shaped and reshaped the Americas over time, key concepts and theoretical debates in the politics of the Americas, and research methods. The final year includes a capstone project focused on contemporary issues from across the hemisphere, including inequality, migration, security and environment, and how to communicate academic knowledge effectively to a non-academic audience through a range of mediums. 

In second and third year you will also be able to select from a wide variety of optional modules, covering a broad range of regions, time periods and topics. Current options within the department include American Political Thought; Latin American Revolutions; and Histories of Sexuality in the US and Beyond. You will also be able to select from options from other academic departments, including languages, tailoring your degree to match your individual academic interests and career aspirations.

What this course will give you

The Institute of the Americas is a leading specialist institution for the study of Canada, the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We offer the UK’s largest portfolio of programmes focused on the Americas. 

Our programme provides a rigorous introduction to history and politics, as well as the possibility to specialise in one of these subjects after year one. You will gain new knowledge and expertise in your subject area as you take additional modules from within and outside of the department.

You will enjoy an interdisciplinary environment designed for both home and international students who are interested in professional and academic careers in diplomacy, government, business, international charities, NGOs, and the education sector.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in History and Politics of the Americas.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. In Year One and Year Two, you will take compulsory modules each year, plus options in history and politics. Language options are also available for students interested in learning relevant language skills.

In your final year, you will take an advanced module, designed to encourage you to engage with contemporary issues and share your knowledge with audiences outside UCL. You will also complete a dissertation and take optional modules in history and politics.

Optional modules

Political Economy of Inequality in the Americas

American Political Thought

Voting in the Americas

We Shall Overcome: The Civil Rights Movement in America

Race and Resistance in Black Atlantic Thought

Confronting the Colossus: Power, Protest and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945-present

Latin America's Cold War

Your learning

Teaching is based on lectures, seminar discussions, workshops, and individual coursework feedback. Core Year One modules are taught comparatively, thematically and jointly by disciplinary and regional experts. As the degree progresses, seminars become smaller, more focused and students will follow their research interests to specialise in disciplines and regions of their choice.

Each student will engage in 1200 learning hours every year, made up of teaching time (lectures, seminars and workshops), independent study, assessment and feedback.


Assessment will be based on various types of written coursework and formal examinations, with learning also evaluated through speaking contributions and oral presentations. Students’ ability to engage with external audiences will be assessed in the year three core module. There is an emphasis on the acquisition of research skills via the completion of a research methods module (Year Two) and a 10,000-word dissertation (Year Three).


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

Our graduates, equipped with both multidisciplinary competences and area expertise, are well situated for careers in the private and public sectors (in fields including finance, IT and technology as well as health and social care). They are also well equipped to move on to further study and research. (Graduate Outcomes survey carried out by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), looking at the destinations of UK and EU graduates in the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 cohorts).


Our students will develop skills in research, analysis and criticism, argumentation, formal writing, communication and presentation.

These skills make our graduates extremely attractive to employers across various sectors, including academia, law, journalism, media, creative arts, politics, health and education.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £28,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

This programme has no additional costs.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

Your application

We are looking for critically engaged students who want to develop a robust, cross-disciplinary understanding of the history and politics of the Americas. Your Personal Statement should demonstrate independent engagement with the discipline beyond your school curriculum and evidence an interest in at least one region of the Americas covered by the degree (the Caribbean, Latin America, and the US).

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

Selection is made on the basis of information contained in the UCAS application and the reference supplied.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.