Latin American Studies (research)

2 Jahre

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake) Non - EU/EEA st udents: 1 April (September intake); 15 October (February intake)

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Latin American Studies (Research)

Leiden University's two - year multi - disciplinary Master's in Latin American Studies (Research) is your opportunity to explore the social, cultural, and historical narratives shaping present - day Latin America. Taught by international researchers, this multidisciplinary programm e centres around the theme 'Latin American Modernities: R esistance, Revival and Change'. 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 c omparative, area studies approach to learning provides a broader, global context to all issues.

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 int ernational 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, developing your proficiency in the Spanish language.

Curriculum and Overview

The two - year MA in Latin American Studies (Research) programme consists of compulsory core courses, thematic elect ives, and a research master's thesis.

This programme focuses on the ideas and practices of resistance and change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Students specialise in one of three areas:

  • Culture and identity
  • State - society relations
  • Literature, ar ts and media

A substantial part of the programme is taught in Spanish. You can write your papers and MA thesis in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

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

Three opportunities are available for you to study an elective in your chosen area of specialisation.

During your second year, you conduct research in a country of your choice in Latin America. 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.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

The MA in in Latin American Studies (Research) prepares students for a wide range of careers in which knowledge of Lat in America and advanced conceptual, analytical and interpretative skills are essential. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in aca demia and in the public, private and non - profit sectors.

A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bac helor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.

Positions of our 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 focussing on education
  • Communications expert at an NGO focussing 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

Do you want to apply for the master´s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away fr om difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless o f the career path you choose!

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