Recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for research facilitation, ILAS occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK.  Study with us and you’ll be joining a long-established, welcoming community of dedicated Latin Americanist scholars.  Our students are encouraged to engage with academic staff and involve themselves in the Institute’s wider activities, which includes an extensive programme of Latin-American and Caribbean focussed events.     

 

About your Degree

Research degrees can be undertaken on a full time (3 years) or part time (6 years) basis, with entry in October or January.  We also now offer a distance-learning option (October entry only).  You’ll initially be registered for our MPhil and will then, providing your progress has been satisfactory, be upgraded to our PhD programme.  This involves the production of a thesis of up to 100,000 words.  Although this is primarily an independent piece of work, you will receive research training, and our supervisors will be on hand to support and encourage you.  All our graduates are awarded a University of London degree.Our research students take advantage of a varied and challenging research training programme, with general research skills training and research methodologies courses provided through the School of Advanced Study and subject-specific training through the Institute.  Our supervisors will be on hand to guide you through your training options and provide tailored support.

 

Senate House, University of London

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Study with Us

When the time came to choose where I wanted to do my PhD course, I decided on ILAS because it is one of the main centres for promotion and research in humanities in the UK. The intense dynamic of the School and Senate House has enriched my research and professional career.
(Current PhD student, ILAS)

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.  We encourage PhD applications in this area.

As part of the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, ILAS students benefit from a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment, as well as a wide range of funding opportunities, including AHRC-sponsored London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) studentships. 

SAS is the UK’s national research hub and ILAS enjoys close links with other its other members, including the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Institute of Modern Languages Research, the Institute of Historical Research and the Warburg Institute.  Cross-institute supervision and collaboration is actively encouraged making us an ideal location for interdisciplinary research.

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.

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Distance-Learning Option 

ILAS now offers students with an appropriate topic and level of local resource support, the opportunity to undertake their research degree by distance learning. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our London-based PhD programmes.  Distance-learning students are required to attend our London campus on three set occasions: at the start of their studies for an intensive induction programme, for an external review of their progress (the upgrade panel) and for the final oral exam (viva).  

The programme is run on the same basis as campus-based programmes.  Students will maintain regular contact with supervisors via video conferencing.   They will need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate local resources, IT equipment and infrastructure before they can commence study.

Students will benefit from the School’s extensive research training portfolio, online e-resources, podcasts, video recordings, transcriptions and live streaming of research seminars on a wide range of topics to help them complete their research degree.   Research modules will include, but are not limited to, Organising Successful Academic Events, Getting Research Published, Public Speaking, Research Data and Ethics.  Please consult the SAS site for further information.

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Subject Areas and Supervisors

Subject Areas

ILAS undertakes multi-disciplinary, specialist research on Latin America and the Caribbean.  Our expert scholars offer doctoral research supervision on an extensive range of subjects within the humanities and social sciences.  We also work closely with other institutes within the School of Advanced Study (SAS), particular the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS), with whom it is possible to have co-supervision.

Supervisors

Professor Linda Newson OBE, FBA

Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies

Linda Newson

Email | Research Profile

Bio

Professor Linda Newson has conducted extensive archival research in Latin America and is the author of seven monographs and two edited books.  Her first five monographs examined the demographic and cultural impact of Spanish colonial rule in Trinidad, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and the Philippines.  More recently, she examined the African slave trade in Peru in the last sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  She is currently researching the history of medicine in Peru in the early colonial period.  She has received awards for distinguished scholarship from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (USA) and the Royal Geographic Society.  She is a Fellow of the British Academy and chairs its Latin American and Caribbean Panel.  In 2015, Professor Newson received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Latin American Studies.

Topics:  

  • Colonial Latin American history
  • Colonial Latin American geography
  • The economic and social history of Latin America up to 1800
  • The demographic history of Latin America to 1800
  • The African slave trade to Latin America
  • The history of science and medicine in Latin America
  • The missionary orders in colonial Latin America
  • The colonial Spanish Philippines
Professor Mark Thurner

Professor in Latin American Studies

Linda Newson

Email | Research Profile

Bio

Professor Mark Thurner is an internationally recognized senior scholar in the fields of Latin American History and Anthropology. Mark joined ILAS in 2014. His current research and writing traces the critical place of the Americas in the global history of knowledge.  He directs the Leverhulme-Trust-funded LAGLOBAL project, an international research network examining the global historical significance of Latin American knowledge.  He also convenes the London Andean Studies seminar. 

Mark is particularly keen to supervise promising postgraduates developing pioneering research programmes in intellectual and cultural history, historical anthropology, postcolonial studies, and museum studies.

Topics:  

  • History of Latin American historiography
  • History of Latin American anthropology
  • History of museums and collecting in Latin America and Iberia
  • Andean History
  • Postcolonial Latin American history
  • Independence and revolution in Latin America
Dr Ainhoa Montoya

Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Linda Newson

Email | Research Profile

Bio

Dr Ainhoa Montoya’s research focuses on post-conflict violence in El Salvador, exploring ethnographically how Salvadorans conceive of democracy and the state, and how they participate in the country’s political life in the context of a violent peace and a liberal market economy.  Her current ESRC-funded project examines the role of the jural in the environmental politics of Central America.  Ainhoa welcomes PhD students with an interest in bringing an anthropological perspective to the study of violence and conflict, democracy and state transformation, the law, the environment and natural resources, social movements, or human rights.

Topics:  

  • The anthropology of violence and conflict
  • The anthropology of democracy and state transformation
  • The ethnography of the law
  • The anthropology of the environment and natural resources
  • Social movements and citizenship practices
  • Transitional justice, human rights and memory work

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Entry requirements and Application Process

Applications for September 2018 are now open. We recommend you contact a prospective supervisor in the first instance in order to initiate an informal discussion of your research proposal.  Alternatively, please email ilas@sas.ac.uk

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 offered at the School of Advanced Study. It is mandatory that all theses, examination papers and coursework are written in English, except where School regulations permit otherwise.  Please consult the SAS site for English language requirements.  

Detailed information on entry requirements and applications can be found on the SAS site.


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Fees and Funding

Fees

The degree can be taken full time over 3 years or part time over 6 years, with entry in either October or January.  Suitably-qualified applicants can undertake their research degree by distance-learning (October entry only).

Fees 2018-19:
UK/EU: £5,890 (Full time), £2,960 (Part time)
Overseas: £14,900 (Full time)

Funding

The School is a member of the AHRC-funded consortium London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), along with King’s College London and UCL. Up to 80 studentships are available annually for UK and EU postgraduate research students wishing to pursue doctoral study in the arts and humanities within the partnership. Subject to availability, these awards will cover:

  • Tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate
  • Annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend)

This studentship competition will open for applications on 21 November 2017 and close on 21 January 2018.  Students wishing to apply need to submit their PhD application to ILAS by 10 January 2018 at the very latest.

For further information on this and other funding opportunities, please consult the SAS site

 

Get in Touch

Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:  ilas@sas.ac.uk

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