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ILAS unveils Latin America master’s that fills an historic gap

The Institute of Latin American Studies’ new interdisciplinary MRes will include Latin American history, geography, anthropology and culture.

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Graduate students considering research-based careers specialising in Latin America are being offered the opportunity to take part in a new master's programme at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

A member institute of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, ILAS is providing a qualification for Latin America research that reaches parts of the subject that others don’t.

The MRes in Latin American Studies degree programme starts in October 2017. The degree looks at the colonial and pre-20th century period in Latin America as well as the modern era. It is interdisciplinary and will introduce students to the area’s history, geography, anthropology, and culture.

Professor Linda Newson, ILAS director says the institute is delighted to offer this exciting new interdisciplinary master's degree in Latin American studies. ‘We believe that the economies, societies and politics in Latin America today cannot be understood without knowledge of the region’s history or that it can be studied from a single disciplinary perspective. We hope that the new degree will make a distinctive contribution to study of the field.’

Impetus for the degree came from various sources, including students themselves. By covering specialist interests not addressed elsewhere in UK higher education, it fills the gap while meeting the needs of those wishing to undertake a significant piece of research as part of their master's qualification.

The course content takes advantage of the knowledge of ILAS staff who have world-leading expertise in this area. They will draw on their own experiences and research activities to provide a rich, nuanced learning experience for students.

In common with other master's programmes, the MRes in Latin American Studies will offer intense and challenging content and learning. Graduates are expected to meet a language requirement (Spanish and English) and complete 30 credits each in ‘research themes and debates in Latin America’ and ‘research methods in Latin American studies’. An independent research-based dissertation of 30,000 words will make up the remaining 120 credits.

For more information about the degree please contact: ILAS, (020 7862 8853,, School of Advanced Study, University of London.