nl en

MA Thesis Latin American Studies


Admission requirements

To be a registered student of the Master Latin American Studies

A Master thesis may only be written in the same discipline of the Research Seminar:

  • Research Seminar Modern History (Public Policies)

  • Methods of Cultural Analysis and Critical Readings (Cultural Analysis)

  • A theoretical research seminar on Language Variation and Language Change in Latin America (Language Variation)


Writing of a Master thesis based on research done during fieldwork in a Latin American country. The topic of the thesis has to be approaved by the supervisor.

Course objectives

Ability to translate a bulk of self-collected information into a logically structured academic written work. Ability to make a critical assessment of theories and scholarly interpretations in the light of the empirical evidence recollected during the own investigation.


Students have to carry out their fieldwork of (a maximum of) two months (sometime between June and September).

Mode of instruction

Regular meetings with supervisor to discuss progress in the writing process.

Assessment method

Several written communications (via emails) to the individual supervisor during the fieldwork about the progress of the research.
Presentation of a complete research report following come back in Leiden, including preliminary results.

  1. The students hand in at least three copies of his/her thesis, two of which are intended for the supervisor and one for the Institute.
    1. The thesis will be corrected within four weeks
    2. Between 1 June and 31 August, a six week period for correction applies.


Blackboard will be used to post all the necessary information about the fieldwork.

Reading list

Literature connected to the specific fieldwork research.


You do not have to regsiter for your thesis in uSis.

Contact information

Not applicable