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Research in Latin American Studies at Swansea is interdisciplinary with strong links to American Studies through the Centre for the Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM). Our focus is twentieth-century Latin American fiction and testimonial writing with particular expertise in Argentinian Studies.

Key Features of MA by Research in Latin American Studies

An MA by Research in Latin American Studies gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).

It will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your own choosing in Latin American Studies and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.

As a Latin American Studies research student, you will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.

All research students in Latin American Studies are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.

The MA by Research in Latin American Studies is ideal for those who want:

  • an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
  • the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD, while retaining the option of upgrading to MPhil or PhD.

Research proposals are invited on any topic in Latin American Studies for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying.

Latin American Studies Research Programme Structure

MA by Research in Latin American Studies degree typically lasts from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).


You submit a thesis of up to 40,000 words, which demonstrates a significant contribution to the subject area. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva) by two examiners who are not your supervisors, one of whom is external to Swansea.  

Centre for the Comparative Study of Portugal, Spain and the Americas (CEPSAM)

The Centre for the Comparative Study of Portugal, Spain and the Americas (CEPSAM) is the product of a convergence of research and teaching interests among colleagues several departments at Swansea University, including Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting, History, Political and Cultural Studies, and Geography.

CEPSAM is based in the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) at Swansea University but is interdisciplinary in focus and members of the Centre work across Colleges.

History of research in Latin American Studies at Swansea University

CEPSAM supersedes the Centre for the Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM) which had been launched in February 2010 with a public lecture delivered by Professor James Dunkerley, entitled ‘The Americas Compared: New approaches to the Study of the Western Hemisphere’. CECSAM had, in turn, superseded the Centre for Latin American Studies at Swansea (CLASS) that had been established in 2007. 

Visit the Latin American Studies MA by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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