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voltijd research-master Latin American Studies (Research) - Universiteit Leiden

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This multi-disciplinary research MA addresses cutting-edge debates around key social and cultural issues of present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The research Master's programme Latin American Studies at Leiden University is a unique, two-year programme about current issues in the field of modern history, literature, as well as in the social sciences.

Learn from a dedicated team of active researchers in the field of Latin American Studies, who provide constant support throughout the programme.

Carry out your own research project on Latin American Modernities in a country of your choice. Staff members of the programme are in close contact with different universities and research institutes throughout the region.

Benefit from the broad network of active contacts throughout Latin America, established by our staff members.

Immerse yourself in the current reality of Latin America through Spanish-taught lectures. A substantial part of the programme is taught in Spanish, while some courses can be in English. You can choose to write your papers and thesis in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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diplomaMA Latijns-Amerika Studies (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taaldeels English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students a world-class environment in which to reach their full potential.
Top-ranked university
Leiden University's Humanities department recently ranked number 1 in Europe and 17th worldwide in the Times Higher Education ranking. At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can access world-class resources such as those of the famous Leiden University Library.

Small classes and an individual approach to learning
The department of Latin American Studies at Leiden University has a long tradition of research and teaching, and a well-established international reputation. During your master's you learn from accomplished scholars at Leiden as well as scholars from our network in Latin America. Small classes give you valuable time interacting with your lecturers who are invested in helping you reach your full potential.

An excellent start to your career
Your qualification from Leiden University is respected by organisations worldwide. But that's not the only advantage of studying at Leiden. We challenge you to think harder, analyse more vigorously, and adopt new perspectives. Our students learn how to become critical thinkers – a quality that will ensure they stand out in any career they choose.

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For a detailed programme, see this year's e-Prospectus: Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may differ slightly.
This programme focuses on the ideas and practices of resistance and change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Students will learn how to conduct research on the different forms through which modernity is lived out and implemented in the Latin American region. From the theoretical mindset on modernities, the programme will teach you to carry out research on three main themes:

  1. Culture and identity: socio-symbolic constructions; everyday life; (im)material culture; social, collective and individual identities.
  2. State-society relations: legitimacy; authority; governance and order.
  3. Literature, arts and media: the produced culture circulating through the press, (audio)visual and electronic media.

The programme consists of a number of obligatory courses, which you can combine with electives in your chosen theme of interest and related research methodology.

1e jaar For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Resistance, Revival and Change; Mechanisms and Expressions
10 EC
Theoretical Approaches to Modernities in Latin America
10 EC
Thematic Accent I Elective
10 EC
Research School Course Latin American Studies
10 EC
Methods I
10 EC
Thematic Accent II Elective
10 EC
2e jaar For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Thematic Accent III
10 EC
Methods II: Research in Latin America
20 EC
Methods III: Writing Workshop
5 EC
MA Thesis
25 EC


taal van onderwijs50% en
50% sp
The programme has the following objectives:
  1. to broaden and deepen the students' knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the area of contemporary history, cultural and social analysis of Latin America;
  2. to enable students to develop academic and professional skills;
  3. to prepare students for an academic career;
  4. to prepare students for a non-academic career in the public or private sector.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2016
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor's programme, and a grade for the bachelor's thesis of an 8 or higher.

Knowledge of the fundamentals of area studies, literary studies, history and/or social sciences, demonstrable from a bachelor's thesis in which relevant literature and research are covered.
Sufficient proficiency in the languages of instruction:
Listening: Spanish CEFR B2;
Reading: Spanish CEFR C1;
Spoken interaction Spanish and/or Portuguese CEFR B2;
Spoken production Spanish and/or Portuguese CEFR B2;
Writing Spanish and/or Portuguese CEFR B2

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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25470 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


In de studievereniging InterLatina combineer je activiteiten op je vakgebied (Latijns-Amerikastudies) met gezelligheid. Een goede manier om je studiegenoten buiten de collegezalen te ontmoeten! InterLatina organiseert lezingen, swingende feesten, gezamenlijke etentjes, filmavonden en reizen naar Spanje en Portugal. Via InterLatina krijg je bovendien tien procent korting op je studieboeken.

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor - Student Testimonial Latin American Studies Leiden University

Two main reasons for Leiden
I chose the master's programme in Latin American studies at Leiden University for two main reasons: the significant difference in cost in comparison to the U.S. and, more importantly for me, this is the only programme outside of Spain in Europe offered entirely in Spanish. It was invigorating to be reading, writing and presenting in Spanish with professors from Chile, Peru and other places while studying in the Netherlands...
This fieldwork must take place in Latin America for those of us not arriving directly from Central and South America. It forces you to really embrace the independence of individual research while simultaneously creating new academic and social connections to enrich your future.

Pursuing a doctorate degree
I am currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Germany focused on Latin American studies. The lessons and guidance I received at Leiden, especially from Dr. Pablo Isla Monsalve, have prepared me to be a more well-rounded and objective researcher.

lees verder ...
Odi Driessen
Odi Driessen - Student Testimonial Latin American Studies Leiden University

Public policies in Latin America
Latin American Studies at Leiden University offered me the opportunity to expand my knowledge about public policies in Latin America. All the lectures were taught in Spanish and focused on contemporary topics, debates and issues affecting the continent...
The department has a wide network of contacts throughout the continent and every year invites highly qualified teachers from Latin America to teach a course at the University.

New experience
After graduating I found a job at the Embassy of Chile where I learned even more about politics in Chile and the bilateral and multilateral relations between Latin American countries and the world. Even though I had an interesting job there, I felt it was time for a new experience. With help from one of the professors of the programme, I obtained a job as a tutor at Leiden University. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge with students.

lees verder ...
Prof. Patricio Silva
Testimonial Prof. Patricio Silva

“I want to understand contemporary Latin American societies based on their own history.”

“Many Dutch specialists on Latin American studies are ahead of new developments in their field. They publish articles in eminent academic journals and are regular speakers at major international congresses such as those of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in the United States and the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) in Great Britain.

Latin America is an absolute graveyard for theories...
The area is a bit rich, a bit poor, a bit Western and a bit non-Western. The problems are complicated, as are the solutions.

It is important to take a good look at this continent because it is becoming increasingly important in economic terms for foreign investors. The fact that Latin America is a relatively stable region with no traces of religious extremism, is certainly a factor in this.

I come originally from Chile and have been lecturing in Leiden on the modern political history of Latin America since 1987. When studying the history of the region, I pay particular attention to the current si-tuation. I want to understand contemporary Latin American societies based on their own history.

Also, I constantly make it clear that there are different interpretations of that history; so for instance the 'official' version held by the elites is generally directly opposite to that of the indigenous population.”

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Latin American Studies (Research) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 4 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates of the Latin American Studies research master are ideally qualified for a career as an academic researcher or PhD researcher. Your qualification can also lead to roles in cultural organisations, education, translation, tourism, publishing, documentation and information processing, development, embassies, ministries of foreign affairs, and semi-governmental and non-profit organisations with a focus on Latin America.
This programme offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires in-depth knowledge of Latin America and advanced language skills.

Some of the occupations of our graduates include:

  • Teacher of Spanish at a university of professional education
  • Mobility consultant at an international removals company
  • Project manager at a health care task force
  • 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

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