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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. 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

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.

Bachelor's 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 1 July 2016 for 2016 entry. 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


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.


Career prospects

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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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)*

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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