Deze opleiding

The two-year multi-disciplinary MA in Latin American Studies (Research) addresses cutting-edge debates on the social and cultural issues in present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taaldeels Engels
zeer weinig
zeer weinig
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Leiden University's 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 programme centres around the theme 'Latin American Modernities: Resistance, 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 comparative, 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 international 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.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
Geesteswetenschappen: Jouw vooruitzicht op werk

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students a world-class environment in which to reach their full potential.
  • 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 and its collections of original manuscripts and periodicals.
  • At Leiden University we have a dedicated team of international researchers in the field of Latin American Studies. All classes are taught by accomplished scholars at Leiden or by scholars from our international network of universities and research institutes in the Latin American region. Small classes give students valuable time interacting with their lecturers and the necessary support to reach their full potential.
  • Your qualification from Leiden University is respected by organisations worldwide. Our two-year research master programmes are designed to develop your potential as a researcher and a critical thinker. You also have the opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience by conducting research abroad, or taking part in an internship at an organisation.


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The two-year MA in Latin American Studies (Research) programme consists of compulsory core courses, thematic electives, 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, arts 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 modernity. 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 a more detailed description of the programme, see the e-Prospectus which applies to the current academic year;

1e jaar
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
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
25% sp
25% pt
case studies, excursie, groepsdiscussie, hoorcollege, individuele opdracht, literatuurstudie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, project, seminar, stage, zelfstudie
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.

Students can apply who have:

  • Good study results in the bachelor's programme;
  • The ambition and motivation to develop leadership qualities;
  • A broad and interdisciplinary span of interest.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18300

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Affinity with the field should be demonstrated by a “Research Proposal”. All applicants are required to submit a Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words, accompanied by an annotated bibliography of at least five (5) items, outlining the topic or field of research that the applicant wishes to pursue at Leiden University, and indicating the names of one or two faculty members who might guide that research.

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

You are asked to provide a transcript of records and diploma of the relevant obtained academic degree.

You should have knowledge of the fundamentals of area studies, literary studies, history and/or social sciences, demonstrable from a bachelor's thesis, (or equivalent written work if from a foreign institution), in which relevant literature and research are covered.

Language requirements (next to the English language requirements):

  • 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 research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree.

Your motivation and suitability for your chosen specialization should be demonstrated by a well-argued and structured motivation letter in which you indicate why you want to follow the programme and convincingly discuss what makes you a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

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

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Studenten en studentenleven


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