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What will I learn?

The two-year interdisciplinary research master’s in Latin American Studies addresses cutting-edge debates on the social and cultural issues in present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Why study Latin American Studies (research) at Leiden University

Leiden University's Latin American Studies (research) programme is your opportunity to explore the social, cultural, and historical narratives shaping present-day Latin America. Taught by international researchers, this interdisciplinary programme centers around the theme Latin American Modernities: Resistance, Revival and Change.

Focus on one of three specialist areas

Explore the different forms of modernity in Latin America within one of three areas: culture and identity, state-society relations, and literature, arts and media. A comparative, area studies approach to research provides a broader, global context to current issues in Latin America.

Field research in Latin America

This programme attracts talented students and staff from around the world. Small classes ensure you get the most from in-class discussions and direct contact with your international peers and lecturers. An important focus of this programme is developing your ability to conduct high-quality scientific research, including field research in a Latin American country. A substantial part of the programme is taught in Spanish or Portuguese, developing your proficiency in one of these languages.

Latin American Studies (research) degree

Latin American Studies (research) at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Programme structure

Year 1

During your first year you take two core courses covering the latest theoretical debates on the subject of modernity. You also study a relevant methodology course and submit a research proposal for your MA thesis.

Three opportunities are available for you to study a thematic elective in your chosen area of specialisation. The thematic electives combined with the core courses will help you to define your own research interest within the profile and expertise of the programme.

Year 2

During your second year, you will go to Latin America for a research period of 8 – 12 weeks to conduct research in a country of your choice. This can be fieldwork, which is gathering first-hand information, or socio-semiotics, which involves conducting discourse and image analysis.

Once back in Leiden you will complete your thesis based on the data collected. A writing workshop will provide support in how to present your findings in different academic writing formats (for example: PhD research project; article publication; funding proposal).

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

Positions of our recent graduates include:

  • Intake advisor at a governmental agency aimed at promoting integration and assimilation of immigrants
  • Standards and certification officer at an NGO promoting fair trade
  • HR business partner at a multinational company producing consumer goods
  • Project officer for children's rights at an NGO
  • Social researcher at a Dutch city council
  • Coordinator at an NGO focusing on education
  • Communications expert at an NGO focusing on food safety and food security
  • Senior consular officer at an embassy in the Netherlands
  • Student services officer at a university in the United Kingdom
  • PhD candidate at a university in Chile
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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