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Globalisation and Latin American Development - MSc


Course Description

This MSc examines the theoretical and empirical issues raised by globalisation and its effects on Latin American economic development. The programme highlights the importance of Latin American countries as dynamic emerging markets and explains the ways in which Latin American economic development is bound up with social and political processes.

Degree information

Students will gain a broad understanding of different theories of globalisation, key academic debates on economic growth and development, and current policy challenges to sustained and equitable economic growth in Latin America. Our programme prepares students for independent research, rigorous analysis of primary and secondary sources, and advanced level writing; and to foster students’ intellectual development and independent learning abilities.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and the research dissertation (90 credits).

Please note: All optional modules are subject to availability.

Core modules
-Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean
-Globalisation and Latin American Development: Latin America in the 21st Century

Optional modules - students choose four optional modules from a selection that includes the following:
-Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
-Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
-The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
-Democratization in Latin America
-Latin American Political Economy
-Latin American Economies: Beyond Neoliberalism
-The International Politics of Latin America
-Money and Politics in Latin America
-Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
-From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
-The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
-State and Society in Latin America: Ethnographic Perspectives
-The Latin American City: Social Problems and Social Change in Urban Space

Students may choose elective modules up to a maximum of 30 credits from other UCL departments or University of London colleges, subject to the Programme Director's approval.

Dissertation/report
All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits) on a research topic of their choice related to globalisation and economic development in Latin America.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, independent reading and research, seminar discussions and research skills training. Assessment is through essays, term papers, presentations, analytical exercises and the dissertation.

Fieldwork
Many of our Master’s students undertake fieldwork in order to carry out research for their dissertation projects.
There may be travel costs associated with fieldwork. The institute has limited funds available to students to help towards the costs of fieldwork. These funds are awarded on a competitive basis on the criteria of academic performance to date, the quality of the research proposal and the importance of fieldwork for completing the research.

Careers

Some graduates from the MSc have gone on to PhD studies, while others have put their research skills to good use working in the policy sector. In terms of commercial opportunities, the alternative energy sector has provided employment for our graduates in recent years. Journalism is also a popular career path and the MSc has been used as a stepping stone into positions with global news agencies, broadcasting corporations and media groups. Many students find employment with NGOs and charitable organisations - working to improve the prospects of marginalised social groups in the region.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Partnership Officer, Imperial College London
-Economist Editor, The Economist
-Research and Policy Analyst, UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)
-Analysis Intern, AKE

Employability
Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc graduates 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. Numerous programme graduates have found employment in industry, state agencies and the third sector via these routes.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Institute of the Americas has the largest programme of teaching, research and events on the Americas in the UK, covering Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States.

In addition to tuition by world-leading scholars, students benefit from access to a wide range of events, seminars, and conferences on the Americas delivered by scholars, policy makers, diplomats, activists and other experts on the region.

The institute provides a unique environment in which to study the Americas and excellent networking opportunities are available through our strong links with academic, cultural, diplomatic, policy and business institutions with interests in the region.

Visit the Globalisation and Latin American Development - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

John Gallagher

1960.jpg After completing my undergraduate degree in Dublin, I decided to progress directly to postgraduate study by undertaking the MA at the Institute of Americas, UCL. The prospect of living in London was not the only thing that enticed me. I was also attracted by the multi-disciplinary nature of the course and the accessibility of the teaching staff, who are always at hand to discuss research interests and extend learning outside of the classroom. At UCL, I found a Masters that allowed me to focus on the Latin American History and Politics, without neglecting more practical fields of study such as Advanced Spanish Translation. My experience at the Institute of the Americas has been nothing but positive, I am sure it will stand to me in the future.

(Student Profile)

Robbie Macrory

1961.JPG Studying at the Institute has been an extremely fulfilling experience for several different reasons, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here working towards my doctorate. Although the Institute is small enough to have a strong sense of community, it also feels fully incorporated into the wider life of the university with all the advantages that entails, including events, skills courses and a lively atmosphere. The knowledge and expertise of the faculty members at the Institute is always impressive, and the support offered by the administrative staff has been invaluable in helping me progress with my studies. Perhaps the best thing of all for me is the Institute’s location in the heart of London. It’s been a great help for my work to be within walking distance of several world-class libraries, but I’ve also enjoyed being able to attend events at think-tanks and embassies, for example, which might not have been so easy had I been studying elsewhere.

(Student Profile)

Melanie Stern

1962.JPG I have found that I can easily see where my hard-earned cash is being spent - and well spent - as I am surrounded by vast resources, from excellent libraries and lots of places to use study computers all over campus, to the breadth of knowledge my tutors share with me, and their encouragement of deep inquiry. This means the environment I have found as a student at UCL Americas is so far very conducive to immersing myself in the field, and being able to bounce ideas off the staff as I develop my own critical theses. In addition, there are regular talks and events, available to the public as well as students and for free, giving us contact with fresh thinking, new studies, leading commentators and new conversations on the field we're studying. This means the knowledge I'm taking in about the past is being based in the context of what's happening in real life, today.

(Student Profile)

Weronika Ozieranska

"I was impressed by the range of opportunities for taking courses outside one's parent department. It means that it is possible to deepen your interests even when they are not accommodated by your department. I have attended events relevant to my studies and also reached out to organisations that particularly appeal to me due to the profile of their work. Moreover, fairs organised by UCL Careers are also a great opportunity to network both with potential employers as well as with fellow students."


(Scholarship)

UCL Americas Excellence Awards - 15 Awards

UCL - Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce that it has been granted a total of £34,000 in fee awards available for outstanding candidates to undertake a Masters from our suite of programmes. The awards are available for a September 2014 start, for both full-time and part-time students.As a student at the UCL Institute of the Americas, 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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 for Home/EU students and £4,000 for Overseas students

Eligibility

Studentships will be available for Overseas and UK/EU students applying for Master's programmes for 2014/15. Consideration for these awards will be automatic on submission of an admissions application form.

Application Procedure

All students who apply to study a UCL Institute of the Americas degree at Master's level will be considered. There is no additional application process other than the UCL application to study process. You must have submitted a complete application form with references by 30th June 2014 to be considered for these awards.

Further Information

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/americas/ia-news/excellence-awards


(Scholarship)

The Americas Studentships - 2 Awards

UCL - Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce the award of two new studentships for outstanding candidates to undertake a Masters from our suite of programmes. The awards are available for a September 2014 start.
As a student at the UCL Institute of the Americas, 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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full fees and a £11,817 stipend

Eligibility

Studentships will be available for Overseas and UK/EU students applying for Master's programmes for 2014/15. Consideration for these awards will be automatic on submission of an admissions application form.

Application Procedure

All students who apply to study a UCL Institute of the Americas degree at Master's level will be considered. There is no additional application process other than the UCL application to study process. You must have submitted a complete application form with references by 30th June 2014 to be considered for these awards.

Further Information

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/americas/ia-news/americas



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 their programme.

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