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Brazilian Studies Research MPhil / PhD

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The Brazil Institute offers supervision for MPhil/PhD research degrees relating to Brazil and draws on academic expertise in a range of disciplinary departments across the College. Supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff of the College.  Some details about the members of staff in the Brazil Institute can be found below in the course detail section. 

Current number of academic staff: 4 (plus a visiting professor and associates in a number of other departments).

Current number of research students: 21.

Recent publications:

  • The effects of participatory budgeting on municipal expenditures and infant mortality in Brazil
  • Sugar and modernity in Latin America
  • The embodied state: governmentality in a Brazilian favela
  • Ditadura e Repressão [Dictatorship and Repression]
  • Brazil’s Truth Commission: progress or perdition?

Current research projects:

  • Representations of violence in Brazilian literature
  • The geographies of religion and their connection to governance and globalization
  • Relations between Britain and Brazil: from independence to the present day
  • Border conflicts between Ceará and Piauí
  • Patrimonialism and the Brazilian state

Partner organisations:

  • The Institute is closely involved in the College’s key partnership with the University of São Paulo, as well as a number of other institutional and departmental partnerships in Brazil, with the possibility of research exchanges for postgraduate students. 

Key information

Duration Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. Normal start date September but students may commence at other times by arrangement.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Brazil Institute



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Course detail


The King’s Brazil Institute offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of Brazil. The Institute is able to draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplinary departments across the College, and supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff of 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 study environment

The university libraries, the British Library and the diverse cultural venues of London make the city a resource centre for Brazilian Studies which is unparalleled in Europe.

Postgraduate training

We offer a research seminar series and students can attend MSc lectures, subject to the agreement of the relevant teacher. Students can also participate in the induction and training programmes offered by the College.

Head of group/division

Jeff Garmany is the convenor of the PhD Brazilian Research programme.

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 

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

Contact email


Course website


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Brazilian Studies Research entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • A Masters degree is usually required. 

  • In exceptional circumstances only, an undergraduate degree with 1st Class or high 2:1 honours degree will be considered.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Before applying, please visit our website and read carefully the information about our research interests, making sure that your research topic falls within one of these areas. You are welcome to contact a potential supervisor directly to discuss your research topic, and we also encourage you to contact the Brazil Institute PhD admissions tutor with a draft research proposal before submitting a complete application through the online system. The admissions tutor will advise whether your research can, in principle, be carried out with us.

Admission will initially be for the MPhil but students are expected to transfer to the PhD proper by the end of the first year, and no later than the end of the second year, on the recommendation of the departmental graduate upgrading panel.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Brazil research checklist
Personal statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required outlining your reasons for pursuing further research at the Brazil Institute.
Research Proposal Yes The proposal (3-5 pages in length) should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.

  • January 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • October 2019 entry – 26th July 2019 for International students and 30th August for Home/EU students
  • January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

Help and support

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £18,740 per year       

Part time tuition fees: £9,370 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £19,850 per year       

Part time tuition fees: £9,950 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

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Career prospects

While many graduates may go on to a university-based academic career, others may pursue careers in both the public and private sector.

Career destinations

This programme could lead to students becoming lecturers and research assistants, directors and senior managers of international consultancies, consultants for environmental agencies, governments, charities, research organisations, and NGOs.


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