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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.

About this degree

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 modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). Please note:all optional modules are subject to availability.

Compulsory modules

  • The 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 optional modules from a selection that includes the following:

  • Confronting the Colossus: US Anti-Imperialism, 1945-present
  • Democratization in Latin America
  • Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • Latin American Economics
  • Money and Politics in Latin America
  • Politics of US Foreign Policy
  • State and Society in Latin America: Ethnographic Perspectives
  • Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • The Culture Wars: Arenas and Issues in Contemporary US Political Conflict
  • The Latin American City: Social Problems and Social Change in Urban Space
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges to Democratization
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
  • US Presidents and the Presidency
  • From Skid Row to Obamacare: The Politics of Social Welfare in the United States Since 1900
  • The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society
  • Challenges to Development in Brazil
  • Gender, Politics, and Public Policy in Latin America
  • American Political Development: Politics and Institutions, 1900 - Present
  • From the New South to the Modern South: The (Re)Making of an American Region

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.

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.

Additional costs

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.

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.

Funding

Funding opportunities at the Institute of the Americas can be found on the departmental website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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.

Department: Institute of the Americas

Applications

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Applicants must have a UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject (history, politics, international relations or American studies), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution. They should wish to develop their understanding of International Relations in the Americas for further research or a career in this field.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

Please note that some funding schemes have an earlier application deadline; please view the Funding section for further details.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study International Relations of the Americas at graduate level
  • why you want to study International Relations of the Americas at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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

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