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Brazil in Global Perspective MSc

Course Description

Brazil in Global Perspective offers a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the causes and impacts of its social, cultural, economic and political development. Our programme equips you with conceptual and research tools for the critical analysis of contemporary issues in Brazil and allows you to study Brazil in global and comparative perspective.

Key benefits

• The first programme of its kind in the UK.
• An interdisciplinary perspective, allowing you to deepen your understanding of Brazil in a range of subject areas.
• A wide range of optional taught modules drawing on expertise from across King's.
• Internship module (recent internships: Rio Negócios, ABC Trust, Financial Times, Petrobras, Culturart, Eco Trancoso, Canning House, Anglo-Brazilian Society and British Embassy in Brazil.
• Professional skills training, careers guidance, networking events.
• Opportunities to learn Portuguese
• An opportunity to take modules offered by other Institutes in the School of Global Affairs (China, India, Russia and International Development).
• Our location in the heart of London brings outstanding advantages. You can enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, unrivalled access to library and archival resources, and easy access to resources in Europe.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/brazil-in-global-perspective-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our MSc programme offers you a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the impact of its social, cultural, economic and political development. It includes examination of such issues as industrialisation, urbanisation, economic growth and globalisation; oscillation between military and civilian rule; mass movements demanding a variety of civil, political and economic rights; and complicated and contested constitutional, legal and political reforms.

- Course purpose -

Our programme provides you with high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training if you wish to specialise on Brazil, either out of academic interest or as preparation for a career related to the country. In addition to broadening and deepening your understanding of modern Brazil, our programme demonstrates the value of a variety of different theoretical perspectives and research methods used in the analysis of the country. Our programme also allows you to study Brazil in global and comparative perspective; on the one hand, it will be possible to compare Brazil with the emerging powers Russia, China and India by taking modules offered by the Russia, China and India Institutes; on the other, it will be possible to situate Brazil within its regional context by taking optional modules on Latin America.

- Course format and assessment -

Our programme consists of 180 credits: a 60-credit dissertation; 40 credits of taught core modules; at least 40 credits of optional modules from a list taught by the Brazil Institute; and up to 40 credits of optional modules from a list taught by affiliated departments, from complementary programmes, and from other schools.

The format of the taught modules in the Brazil Institute consists of 10 2-hour seminars followed by a 1-hour tutorial on alternate weeks. Students are expected to allow at least 6 hours per module per week for self-study time while continuously preparing for their dissertation throughout the year.

The majority of our modules are assessed on the basis of two essays, 1,500 words and 4,000 words, weighted at 25 per cent and 75 per cent respectively. Some modules are assessed by an essay and a presentation, for the dissertation a short research proposal followed by a 15,000-word thesis, while the internship module is assessed via one essay.

Career prospects

Our programme aims to prepare you for both research and non-academic professional careers in government, business and the corporate sector, international agencies and NGOs, and policy research.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Brazil in Global Perspective MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)


"After studying French and Portuguese for four years, I managed to get a job in London that used my language skills, but had no relation to my interest in Brazil and in social development. So, after a couple of years of working, in order to pursue my interests and to learn new skills, I decided to make the change and start a full time MSc at the Brazil Institute.

It was a big step up from my bachelors degree and a drastic change from my previous job. However, it was great to be challenged, to be learning again and to be inspired by my fellow course mates, who brought with them a wide range of experiences and knowledge. It also gave me the opportunity to work for a social enterprise and to carry out research in Rio de Janeiro for three months.

I am now working for an NGO called CAFE (Centre for Acess to Football in Europe) as Fans Liaison and Research Manager."


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 first degree from a British university or overseas equivalent. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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