The Master of Research in Latin American Studies is a specialised degree that provides a unique opportunity for students interested in Latin America to undertake an extensive piece of independent research whilst broadening and deepening their knowledge of the region.  The course lasts one year full time (or two years if studied part-time) and is ideally suited to students who wish to develop and demonstrate their research skills, perhaps with the aim of preparing for further study or pursuing a research-based career.  Students are taught by leading scholars in the field and upon successful completion of the programme will receive a University of London Master by Research degree.


About your Degree

Our Master of Research can be taken full time over one year or part time over two years.  Please note that due to the structure of the course, we can only offer October entry.  You will receive two hours of teaching each week during term-time which takes place in small, intensive seminars led by Institute lecturers. These are designed to facilitate discussion and enable students to deepen their knowledge and develop their ideas.  The 30,000 word research-based dissertation undertaken in the Summer term is central to the course. 


All modules are core and compulsory.

Autumn term
Research Themes and Debates in Latin America - 30 credits

This module provides a historical introduction to key research problems and debates in the field of Latin American Studies which will enable students to identify promising approaches and research projects in the field. This module will enable students to recognise, problematise, and analyse themes and tropes within Latin American Studies and identify where lacuna exist or where new approaches could enrich the field. It will enable students to develop into independent scholars.

Spring term
Research Methods in Latin American Studies - 30 credits

This module introduces students to the range of methods that can be applied in humanities and social science research in Latin American Studies. In addition to providing students with theoretical underpinnings, students will be introduced to the practical issues which may be encountered in the field while conducting research in Latin America.


Summer term 
Independent research-based dissertation of 30,000 words (including footnotes) - 120 credits

Although this is primarily an independent piece of research, you will receive extensive research training and your supervisor will be on hand to support and encourage you. It is not necessary to identify a dissertation topic prior to entry; this can be developed during the Autumn term through discussions with your supervisor


Students are assessed through written assignments and a research-based dissertation of 30,000 words. For the module Research Themes and Debates in Latin America, students will produce a portfolio of reports on topics within the module (5,000 words total).

For the module Research Methods in Latin American Studies, students will produce a literature review of 2,000 words and a dissertation proposal of 3,000 words. 



Study with Us

The Institute offers students an unparalleled range of resources in Latin American Studies.  The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Collection, based at Senate House Library, combines the holdings and strengths of the ILAS and SHL collections to provide more than 90,000 volumes of research-level material.  ILAS also hosts the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research (CICR), an initiative focussed on promoting interdisciplinary and comparative work on the Caribbean Region.  

ILAS is located in iconic Senate House, in the heart of Bloomsbury.  Its central London location ensures students are able to enjoy the wider benefits of the city, with both the British Museum and British Library within walking distance.  As part of the University of London, ILAS students join a wider community of over 170,000 students. They are encouraged to participate in the wider activities of the university and are able to use the libraries of other colleges. All ILAS graduates receive a University of London degree.



Entry requirements and Application Process

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.  We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and / or relevant experience.  English is the language of instruction for all programmes off ered at the School and applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.  For full details of entry requirements, please consult the SAS site.

Applications for September 2018 are now open and full details available are available on the SAS site.  Please note that it is not necessary to identify a dissertation topic at the application stage - this can be developed during the Autumn term through discussion with supervisors. 


Senate House, University of London
Senate House - University of London


Fees and Funding


The degree can be taken full time over 1 year or part time over 2 years, with entry in October only.

Fees 2018-19:
UK/EU: £7,880 (Full time), £4,490 (Part time)
Overseas: £13,960 (Full time)


The School of Advanced Study (SAS) offers a variety of grants for Masters students.   Please note that to apply for funding, you first need to apply for your chosen course of study.  Full details of these and other opportunities are available on the SAS site.


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