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Brazilian Studies Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
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. 
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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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      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.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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:

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19850 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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