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Latin American Studies


In the Master’s Latin American Studies, you will study social transformations in Latin America from an interdisciplinary perspective. You will design your own research plan, carry out field research in this exciting region and become a critical academic.

Language of instruction
English, Language of the study programme

Master's Week 4-8 Nov
Master's Week 10 -14 Feb

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 from a social sciences perspective. 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 social science 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. 

Latin American Studies
What does this programme entail?

In this video the teacher and student of the programme explain in 5 minutes how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.

Why study Latin American Studies at UvA?

The Master’s in Latin American Studies offers you:

  • An intensive and interdisciplinary programme: you will approach the dynamic field of Latin American Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective with emphasis on social sciences.
  • A strong academic basis: the programme will equip you with the academic skills and knowledge to conduct research in Latin America on social processes in a broad sense.
  • 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 engage 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 according to your academic interests.
  • Access to a unique library collection and excellent research and study facilities.


International classroom

Flexible curriculum

Access to a unique library collection

Copyright: Stephanie Weiss
Latin American Studies gave me the possibility to explore the topics that interested me in greater depth and with different approaches. Stephanie Weiss, alumna Latin American Studies Read the interview

After graduation

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

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
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
English, Language of the study programme
Starts in
CROHO code
University Quarter