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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. The programme equips students with conceptual and research tools for the critical analysis of contemporary issues in Brazil and allows them to study Brazil in global and comparative perspective.
• The first programme of its kind in the UK.• An interdisciplinary perspective, allowing students to deepen their understanding of Brazil in a range of subject areas.• A wide range of optional taught modules drawing on King’s-wide expertise.• Internship module (recent internships: Rio Negócios, the ABC Trust, Financial Times, Petrobras, Culturart, Eco Trancoso, Canning House, the Anglo-Brazilian Society and the 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 the other Institutes in the School of Global Affairs (China, India, Russia and International Development).• The location in the heart of London brings outstanding advantages. Students enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, unrivalled access to library and archival resources, and easy access to resources in Europe.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two 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
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Brazil Institute Administrator, King's Brazil Institute tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2542
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Brazil Institute Administrator, King's Brazil Institute tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2542
Course contact email https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Brazil Institute
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent).
All applications are assessed by the admissions tutor, Vinicius de Carvalho
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.
The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
The MSc programme offers students a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the impact of its social, cultural, economic and political development. It includes examination of issues such 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 students to a selected 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. It is compulsory for students to pass the core modules (including the dissertation module) in order to graduate with an MSc.
Students take at least two further courses from a list offered by Brazil Institute faculty, but also have access to a range of external modules offered by departments across the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy.The MSc is based in the King’s Brazil Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. Students also benefit from the expertise of Affiliates of the King’s Brazil Institute, who are based in a number of disciplinary departments across the College. 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 twenty-first 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:Her main research interests are in the fields of 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 stabilization policies; literature and violence in Brazil; Brazilian music; Brazilian religions; the epistemology of Brazilian Studies.
The programme provides high quality postgraduate teaching and research training for students wishing to specialise on Brazil, either out of academic interest or as preparation for a career related to Brazil. In addition to broadening and deepening students’ understanding of modern Brazil, the programme demonstrates the value of a variety of different theoretical perspectives and research methods used in the analysis of the country. The programme also allows students 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.
The 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 two hour seminars followed by a 1 hour tutorial on alternate weeks. Students are expected to allow for at least 6 hours per module per week for self-study time while continuously preparing for their dissertation throughout the year.
All Brazil Institute modules are assessed by written coursework or written coursework and presentation.
On completion of this course students will receive a Master of Science degree (MSc) in the Brazil in Global Perpective programme.
Optional modules taught by Brazil Institute faculty:Students must choose at least two of the modules below, ie at least 40 credits:
Option modules taught by affiliated faculty, in complementary programmes, and in other departments: Students may choose up to two of the modules below, ie up to 40 credits:
Students can 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.
The programme aims to prepare graduates for both research and non-academic professional careers: in government, business and the corporate sector, international agencies and NGOS, and policy research.
Class of 2015
After studying economics and politics for three years at undergraduate level, my academic interests and intrigue surrounding Brazil led me to Rio de Janeiro, where I spent six months living and working in the country’s largest favela – Rocinha.
Upon return, the MSc at KCL’s Brazil Institute seemed like the ideal course to develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of some of the issues I’d grown so passionate about whilst away in Brazil. The course was what I expected and more. Modules within the department strengthened my knowledge of Brazil, modules outside the department allowed me to build on the economics skills I gained during my BA. The module in Social Science Research Design was particularly useful, as were the many interesting opportunities to engage with academic experts and Brazilianists at KBI lectures and networking events.
I am now working in Advocacy for an International Development NGO called RESULTS UK. I also provide the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brazil, a cross-party group of UK parliamentarians that seek to strengthen ties between Brazil and the UK.
Class of 2014
I have been interested in stories related to the international image of Brazil for years while working as a journalist and author in Brazil and in the US. In 2013 I decided to take a step into the academic world, looking to add more theoretical density into this study.
It seemed natural, then, to become a student at the Brazil Institute, as a means of understanding how Brazil is analysed and interpreted from abroad. This proved a very good decision, since the multidisciplinary approach of the the MSc Brazil in Global Perspective allowed me to understand different aspects of the reputation of the country.
Daniel is now working as a correspondent for Valor Econômico, the largest financial newspaper in Brazil.
After studying French and Portuguese for four years, I managed to get a job in London that used my language skills, but had no relation to my interest in Brazil and in social development. So, after a couple of years of working, in order to pursue my interests and to learn new skills, I decided to make the change and start a full time MSc at the Brazil Institute. It was a big step up from my bachelors degree and a drastic change from my previous job. However, it was great to be challenged, to be learning again and to be inspired by my fellow course mates, who brought with them a wide range of experiences and knowledge. It also gave me the opportunity to work for a social enterprise and to carry out research in Rio de Janeiro for three months.
I am now working for an NGO called CAFE (Centre for Acess to Football in Europe) as Fans Liaison and Research Manager.
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