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

Monday 13 March 2017


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, which starts in October 2017, is the first of its kind in the UK. 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 Amercan 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.

Applications should be made by 31 August 2017.

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


Notes for editors:

1. For further information please contact Maureen McTaggart at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at / 020 7862 8653. Images available on request.

2. The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) was founded in 1965. Between 2004 and 2013 it formed part of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK. Internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for research facilitation, it serves the wider community through organising academic events, providing online research resources, publishing scholarly writings and hosting visiting fellows. It possesses a world-class library dedicated to the study of Latin America and is the administrative home of the highly respected Journal of Latin American Studies. The Institute supports scholarship across a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and cognate social sciences and actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in Latin America.

3. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2015-16, SAS: welcomed 786 research fellows and associates; held 2,007 research dissemination events; received 24.4 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 194,145 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews.

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