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Brazil in Global Perspective MSc

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Brazil in Global Perspective offers a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the causes and impacts of its social, cultural, economic and political development. Our programme equips you with conceptual and research tools for the critical analysis of contemporary issues in Brazil and allows you to study Brazil in global and comparative perspective.

Key benefits

• The first programme of its kind in the UK.
• An interdisciplinary perspective, allowing you to deepen your understanding of Brazil in a range of subject areas.
• A wide range of optional taught modules drawing on expertise from across King's.
• Internship module (recent internships: Rio Negócios, ABC Trust, Financial Times, Petrobras, Culturart, Eco Trancoso, Canning House, Anglo-Brazilian Society and British Embassy in Brazil. Please see our Modules page for more information about the Internship module.)
• Professional skills training, careers guidance, networking events.
• Opportunities to learn Portuguese 
• An opportunity to take modules offered by other Institutes in the School of Global Affairs (China, India, Russia and International Development).
• Our location in the heart of London brings outstanding advantages. You can enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, unrivalled access to library and archival resources, and easy access to resources in Europe.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake No set number

Course leaders Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Brazil Institute Administrator, King's Brazil Institute
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2542  

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentBrazil Institute



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Our MSc programme offers you a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the impact of its social, cultural, economic and political development. It includes examination of such issues as industrialisation, urbanisation, economic growth and globalisation; oscillation between military and civilian rule; mass movements demanding a variety of civil, political and economic rights; and complicated and contested constitutional, legal and political reforms.

It is built around two core courses; the first introduces you to a set of important issues that have arisen in Brazil in recent decades and the second provides invaluable guidance in social science research design, looking at both qualitative and quantitative processes.  You must pass the core modules (including the dissertation module) in order to graduate with an MSc.  

You take at least two further courses from a list offered by the Brazil Institute and also have access to a range of external modules offered by the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy.

Our MSc is based in the King’s Brazil Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. You also benefit from the expertise of affiliates of the Brazil Institute, who are based in a number of disciplinary departments across the university.  Staff research interests include the following:

Professor Anthony Pereira:
Comparative politics; democracy and authoritarianism; political regimes and regime change; military rule; social movements; citizenship and human rights; new institutions of accountability in Brazilian public security; Brazil's political, economic and social transformation in the 20th and early 21st century.

Dr Jeffrey Garmany:
Brazil in the 21st century; the geographies of religion and their connection to governance and globalisation; emergent forms of civil association relative to state-based rule; the relationships between drugs, violence and death in contemporary urban space; governance in favelas; globalisation; the environment.

Dr Sónia Gonçalves:
Development economics and political economy. She has worked on research projects that analyse the links between public-service delivery and participatory democracy in Brazil, as well as between media and political accountability.

Dr Vinicius De Carvalho:
Brazil in peace-keeping operations; internal stabilisation policies; literature and violence in Brazil; Brazilian music; Brazilian religions; the epistemology of Brazilian studies.

Course purpose

Our programme provides you with high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training if you wish to specialise on Brazil, either out of academic interest or as preparation for a career related to the country. In addition to broadening and deepening your understanding of modern Brazil, our programme demonstrates the value of a variety of different theoretical perspectives and research methods used in the analysis of the country. Our programme also allows you to study Brazil in global and comparative perspective; on the one hand, it will be possible to compare Brazil with the emerging powers Russia, China and India by taking modules offered by the Russia, China and India Institutes; on the other, it will be possible to situate Brazil within its regional context by taking optional modules on Latin America.

Course format and assessment

Our programme consists of 180 credits: a 60-credit dissertation; 40 credits of taught core modules; at least 40 credits of optional modules from a list taught by the Brazil Institute; and up to 40 credits of optional modules from a list taught by affiliated departments, from complementary programmes, and from other schools. 

The format of the taught modules in the Brazil Institute consists of 10 2-hour seminars followed by a 1-hour tutorial on alternate weeks. Students are expected to allow at least 6 hours per module per week for self-study time while continuously preparing for their dissertation throughout the year.   

The majority of our modules are assessed on the basis of two essays, 1,500 words and 4,000 words, weighted at 25 per cent and 75 per cent respectively. Some modules are assessed by an essay and a presentation, for the dissertation a short research proposal followed by a 15,000-word thesis, while the internship module is assessed via one essay.


Year 1

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Students may choose up to two modules taught by the affiliated faculties below, ie up to 40 credits:

  • Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
  • Lau China Institute
  • King's Russia Institute
  • King's International Development Institute
  • King's India Institute
  • Other departments in the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy

Students can also take a Level 6 Portuguese Graduate Language Module worth 20 credits on top of the 180 credits required for the programme, thus bringing their total number of credits to 200

Students must choose at least two of the modules below taught by the Brazil Institute, ie at least 40 credits:

  • Brazil: Social & Economic Development 
  • Interpreting Brazil: Introduction to Brazil's Social & Cultural Theory
  • Brazil in Global Perspective Internship
  • Security and Defence Issues from the Brazilian perspective 
  • Representations of Brazilian Cities 
  • Contemporary Film in Brazil: National Cinema in a Global Landscape

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent).

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

All applications are assessed by the admissions tutor, Vinicius de Carvalho

Personal statement and supporting information

Please submit a one-page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. Please include details of your previous exposure to Brazil, eg through coursework on your undergraduate degree, language studies, professional experience, time spent in Brazil etc.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Our programme aims to prepare you for both research and non-academic professional careers in government, business and the corporate sector, international agencies and NGOs, and policy research.


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