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Latin American Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
    Duration
University rank #1 (WUR) ,
This is a nine-month programme which spans three academic terms and is intended to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of the main developments in Latin America from c. 1900 to the present.

About

You will be asked to submit two portfolios of essays on subjects of your choice during the first two terms.  In the final term of the programme, you will be required to sit three exam papers from a list to be provided on your arrival in Oxford. The exam papers for 2019-20 are not yet confirmed, but you may view the range of papers available for the current year in the Latin American Centre (LAC)’s MSc LAS webpage.

In addition to the three exams, you will be required to submit a dissertation of 10,000 words. The preparation of this dissertation will allow you to develop a critical focus by examining a particular topic in depth.

Programme Structure

While the programme emphasises the specific features of individual countries, there is also broad comparative coverage of major trends such as authoritarianism and democracy, the economic cycle, the effect of international factors, the evolution of the Left and Right, revolutionary movements and the effects of neo-liberal economic models.

These topics are addressed through taught classes for a number of academic disciplines (including history, politics, sociology, international relations and economics), individual preparation for a range of exam papers, and a lively programme of seminars and conferences with visiting speakers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    110

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  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    191

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline.
  • If you hold non-UK qualifications and wish to check how your qualifications match these requirements, you can contact the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC).
  • The Latin American Centre requires you to have a working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese as appropriate to your individual area(s) of research. Please refer to your language skills in your statement of purpose. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    22600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22600 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    14195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14195 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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