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Latin American Studies (research) (MA)

Career preparation

Our goal is to prepare you to make a difference in your future career.

Knowledge and skills

With the skills and knowledge you have gained during the master Latin American Studies (research) at Leiden University you will be able to work in a range of professional and academic careers.

  • You will be able to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and learn to use scientific methods in the field of Latin American Studies in general, and in particular with regard to the chosen specialisation.
  • You will be able to think critically and to present your findings in written and spoken English and/or Spanish, and/or Portuguese.
  • You will be able to organise your work and meet tight deadlines.
  • You will be able to research, select, analyse, organise and present information.
  • You will gain comprehensive knowledge of the Latin American region.
  • You will gain knowledge of the most important contemporary central research questions and be able to place them in their linguistic, cultural and/or historical context, with a special focus on knowledge of current debates on Latin American Modernities.
  • You will be able to carry out independent research in Latin America.
  • You will develop intercultural skills.
  • For those who choose to accentuate fieldwork within the scope of the social studies: knowledge of its basic concepts, research methods and techniques and the developments in the specialisation; or: For those who choose to accentuate field work within the scope of Latin American cultural studies: knowledge of basic concepts, research methods and of text and discourse analysis.

Internships or research projects

In recent years students from the master Latin American Studies (research) have been doing internships or research projects at the following organisations:

  • Mexico: Colegio de Mexico (Mexico D.F.), Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara/ITESO, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
  • Ecuador: FLACSO
  • Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Fundação Getulio Vargas.Chile: Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad Central de Chile, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano.
  • Cuba: Casa de las Americas, Universidad de la Habana
  • Argentina: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Cordoba

Alumni network

The research master in Latin American Studies has an active alumni network. Two times a year in November and April the programme invites alumni to talk to current students sharing their career paths, offering advice, and show them the possibilities for a research job in- or outside the University.

Humanities Career Service

Our staff can help you identify both the career that is right for you, and the necessary steps to get you there. Our team at Humanities Career Service provide all Leiden University humanities students with professional advice and guidance on everything from internships and career planning to job applications. Humanities Career Service also organises regular workshops on topics such as effective interview skills and creating a successful CV.

Online Career Week

The first Online Career Week was organised in May 2020. Every day there were 2 events that students could sign up for.

For example, there was a Q&A with interns. Three interns working for respectively Philips, the Dutch Mission to the UN, and the World Economic Forum provided the participants with information on their internships, the application processes and working from home. In addition, a live webinar CV writing took place, and students were able to schedule an appointment with a career counselor for personal advice. 

Read more about the Online Career Week and watch the recorded webinars

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