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Brazil in Global Perspective MSc



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.

Key benefits

• 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.

Key information

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 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 email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Brazil Institute


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent).

Application procedure

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

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.


Course detail


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.  

  • Contemporary Brazil
  • Social Science Research Design

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.

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

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. 


  • Required Modules

    Core modules:

    • Contemporary Brazil
    • Social Science Research Design
    • Dissertation (15,000 words).
    Contemporary Brazil

    Optional Modules

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

    • Development, Democracy, and Human Rights in Brazil 
    • Brazil & the World 
    • Brazil: Social & Economic Development 
    • Interpreting Brazil: Introduction to Brazil's Social & Cultural Theory 
    • Globalisation, Development & the Americas
    • Brazil in Global Perspective Internship
    • Security and Defence Issues from the Brazilian perspective 
    • Representations of Brazilian Cities 
    • Political Ecology, Environment & Brazil 
    • Contemporary Film in Brazil: National Cinema in a Global Landscape 

    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:

    • Modules in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
    • Modules in the Lau China Institute
    • Modules in the King's Russia Institute
    • Modules in the Kings International Development Institute
    • Modules in the King's India Institute
    • Modules in other departments in the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy (full list to be confirmed), subject to availability of these modules and the approval of the programme convenor.
    • Optional language module:
    • 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.


Career prospects

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.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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


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