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International Relations of the Americas - MSc


Course Description

This MSc provides a detailed and systematic understanding of the international relations of the Americas, with regard both to inter-American relations and relations with the world beyond. The programme’s graduates have established careers in research, journalism, teaching and policy formulation and implementation in both government agencies and NGOs.

Degree information

This programme, which is unique in the UK, introduces students to skills essential for the analytical study of the international relations of the Americas and assessment of the hemispherical and global issues currently facing foreign policymakers in the nation states of the Americas.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core module (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). Please note: all option modules are subject to availability.

Core modules
-International Politics of Latin America
-Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy
-Either Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean
OR
-Researching the Americas: The United States

Optional modules - students choose three option modules from a selection that includes the following:
-Politics of US Foreign Policy
-The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America
-US Presidents and the Presidency
-The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society
-Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism
-The Culture Wars: Arenas and Issues in Contemporary US Political Conflict
-Confronting the Colossus: US Anti-Imperialism, 1945-present
-Money and Politics in Latin America
-Latin American Political Economy
-Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
-Key Economic Thinkers of Latin America
-Democratization in Latin America
-Social and Economic Development of Contemporary Brazil
-Race and US Foreign Policy

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 undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, independent reading and research. Assessment is through written assignments including essays and primary source analysis, and a 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

Graduates of this programme are well placed to use their skills and knowledge to find employment in government, business, journalism, finance and international NGOs, teaching, or for further research in this field.

Employability
This MSc enhances employability for those interested in careers in the diplomatic service, think tanks, journalism, and business with Americas markets.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL 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 - Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

The institute actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the Americas, and provides resources to the wider academic community, serving and strengthening national networks of North Americanist, Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist scholars.

Students benefit from tuition by world-leading scholars in an academic environment at the cutting-edge of research in the humanities and social sciences.

Visit the International Relations of the Americas - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Anne Tyor

"At UCL I have been impressed by easy access to facilities like Senate House, the British Library, and the UCL Library. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience at UCL and feel that it will benefit me greatly not only in my career path, but also due to the unique set of skills that the professors at the Institute of the Americas taught me."


(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, French or Portuguese is useful but not essential.

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