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.
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.
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.