Taught course

M.Phil in Latin American Studies

University of Cambridge · Centre of Latin American Studies

Entry requirements

At least a 2.i honours degree (typically 68% and above) from a UK university or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil course of study includes lectures, seminars and individual supervision, with teaching provided by University Lecturers. Over the 9-month course you will take an interdisciplinary Core Course, two taught modules of your choice and prepare a thesis. Assessment takes the form of three long researched essays (5,000 words each) and a 15,000-word thesis (this word count includes footnotes and appendices but not bibliography). The different forms of assessment used, together with the modular structure of the course, will enable you to gain knowledge of two subject areas while specializing in one of them for the purposes of the thesis.

In exceptional cases, candidates may be examined for the MPhil on the basis of a thesis of 30,000 words only.

For more detailed information, please visit the Centre's website.

(NB. For the purposes of providing percentage figures under Item 9 'Delivery for Courses', above, it was assumed that students will work a 37.5 hour week for 36 weeks whilst on the course, giving a total number of 1350 hours over the 9 month course. In reality, many students on the course will work more than this number of hours. The figures clearly show that there is an onus on research although ample teaching (approximately 64 hours over the course) and supervision (between 10 and 15 hours) is offered over the duration of the course.)

Fees and funding

3 Santander bursaries provide a source of partial funding (£10,000) for international students. All applicants are also automatically considered for Simon Bolivar bursaries, covering part of the costs of the MPhil Some support is also available for undertaking research in Chile. Students can also apply to AHRC and Cambridge Trusts.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Mr Samuel Mather
+44 (0)1223 335390