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Latin American Studies

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In the Master’s in Latin American Studies, you will study social transformations in Latin America from geographic, historical, economic, cultural, social, political and ecological perspectives. You will design your own research plan, do field research in this exciting region and become a critical academic.

The Master’s in Latin American Studies offers a research-driven, small-scale and internationally oriented programme. During the classes you will study current developments in the region such as the new wave of economic, social and political crises. Recent trends aggravate problems of inequality, insecurity and unsustainability; yet new hope for change comes from the indigenous and other social movements, the renegotiation of gender and ethnic relations and the rise of the new urban middle classes. To understand the complexity of these current-day social transformations, a historical perspective is crucial. 

The programme provides you with critical knowledge, academic skills and an in-depth understanding of the academic literature. You are trained to become a researcher who is able to conduct research out in the field, in Latin America, and whose research will contribute to our knowledge of currents trends in that area. 


International classroom

Access to a unique library collection

Multidisciplinary programme

Why study Latin American Studies at UvA?

The Master’s in Latin American Studies offers you:

  • An intensive and multidisciplinary programme: you will approach the dynamic field of Latin American Studies from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • A strong academic basis: the programme will equip you with the research skills and knowledge to conduct research and fieldwork in Latin America.
  • A research-driven programme: by developing your own research plan and by undertaking two-and-a-half-month long fieldwork you will become an expert in a certain field, region or country.
  • An international classroom: you will be engaging with students from all over the world, offering you an inspiring international community.
  • A flexible curriculum: you are free to compose part of the curriculum by choosing electives, tutorials and external courses in your desired area of study.
  • Access to a unique library collection and excellent research and study facilities.

After graduation

After graduation you have a solid foundation for a career at research institutes, non-governmental and governmental organizations and civil society agencies both within the Netherlands and abroad.

Student profile

As a student in the Master’s programme in Latin American studies you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • Sufficient academic knowledge in the field of the social sciences;
  • A strong scientific interest in developments in Latin America;
  • You are able to independently conduct research in Spanish or Portuguese.

Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA)

Since its creation in 1964, the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA of the) University of Amsterdam, has promoted Latin American Studies in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond. This is done by conducting and stimulating relevant and original research on developments in Latin America and distributing the results of this research via academic education and publications. CEDLA is considered to be one of Europe’s leading institutes in Latin American Studies and hosts monthly events such as lectures, expositions, and workshops.

Degree certificate

The Master’s in Latin American Studies is an accredited, post-initial degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree and the title Master of Arts (MA) in Latin American Studies.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA Latin American Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English, Language of the study programme
Starts in September
CROHO code 75146