Latin American Development

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Latin American Development MSc combines a thorough grounding in development theory with an in-depth study of Latin America. By exploring the contemporary and historical experiences of this region, you will develop an understanding of the deep roots of social change and the background to current development challenges and policy debates.

Key benefits:

  • Provides a multidisciplinary social scientific framework for understanding the development experiences of Latin American countries, including approaches from economics, political science, history, sociology and management studies.
  • Draws on the broader expertise within King's and its Global Institutes.
  • Wide range of optional taught modules.
  • We accept students from a range of academic backgrounds and mid-career professionals.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in such a related subject as international development, Latin American studies, politics or economics.

Applicants with substantial professional work experience in a Latin American country or in development-related work will also be considered.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling a minimum of 180 credits.

If you are a full-time student you will take two required module worth 20 credits plus 80 credits of optional modules and a required dissertation worth 60 credits to make up 180 credits in total.

If you are a part-time student, you will take two required modules in your first year worth 40 credits plus 40 credits of optional modules. You will take your Dissertation module worth 60 credits in your second year and another 40 credits of optional modules to make up 180 credits in total. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Development Theory and Emerging Economies (20 credits)
  • Dissertation & Research Methods (60 credits)
  • Latin America Development in Historical Perspective (20 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a wide range of 20-credit optional modules in the Department of International Development. If you are a part-time student you are required to take 40 credits worth of required modules plus 40 credits worth of optional modules during your first year. During your second year you will take your dissertation worth 60 credits and 40 credits of optional modules to make up the 180 credits

Optional modules may typically include:

  • Gender and Society & Development in Latin America(20 credits)
  • Gender and Social Policy in Emerging Economies (20 credits)
  • Latin America Development in Historical Perspective (20 credits)
  • Education and Development (20 credits)
  • The Politics of Managing Public Services in Latin America (20 credits)
  • Commodities, Credit & Crises: Topcs in the Macroeconomics of Latin America (20 credits)
  • Poverty, Inequality & Inclusive Development in Emerging Economies (20 credits)
  • Political Economy of Market Reform (20 credits)
  • Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits)
  • Multinational Enterprises, Global Value Chains, and Local Development (20 credits)
  • Social Justice: Ethnographic insights (20 credits)
  • Project Management in International Development (20 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Casual Interference (20 credits)
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods (20 credits)
  • Up to 40 credits from other departments across the university, subject to approvals.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

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