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Master's degree programme in Latin American Studies

About the programme 
Language: Danish, Spanish og Brazilian (Portuguese)  |  Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

The Master's degree programme in Latin American Studies no longer admits new students. Please see the Master's degree programme in Intercultural Studies instead.


Latin America in the world

During your Bachelor’s degree programme, you acquired basic insight into either Spanish, Brazilian or Latin American affairs. In the Master’s degree programme in Latin American studies, you now have an opportunity to study Latin American language, society, culture and history in detail, work with subjects such as globalisation processes and Latin America’s relationship with the rest of the world – now and in the future – and get an insight into Brazil’s industry, politics, culture and social conditions.

Focused studies

In addition to the degree programme’s compulsory subjects, you have an opportunity to strengthen your academic knowledge by adding elective subjects or practical training. This means that you can influence the structure and direction of your studies and acquire an individual degree profile that will enable you to apply for exactly the kind of job that interests you.
The elective subjects give you an opportunity to acquire different perspectives regarding your degree, and a period of practical training enables you to try out your academic skills in practice.

The Master’s degree programme counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits).

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master’s degree programme in Latin American studies, you must have completed:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with two years of Spanish or Brazilian studies plus one year of supplementary studies in other subjects.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in other relevant humanistic subjects.

In addition, you must have knowledge of Spanish corresponding to C level or the equivalent and be able to read Portuguese.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Brazilian studies (Aarhus University)
  • Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American Language, Literature and Culture (Aarhus University)
  • Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American studies (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark)
  • Bachelor's degree in Indian Languages and Cultures (University of Copenhagen)
  • Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and International Studies (Aalborg University)
  • Bachelor's degree in International Business Communication with Spanish (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Bachelor's degrees in Language and Communication or Language and European Studies with Spanish (Aarhus University)
  • A completed Bachelor's degree programme with a supplementary subject (45 ECTS points) in Spanish or Brazilian studies

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Latin American Studies (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language Requirements

The Master's degree programme in is taught in Danish and Danish at upper secondary school "A" level or equivalent is recommended. Furthermore Spanish at upper secondary school "A" level or equivalent and knowledge of Portuguese is recommended, as you will be presented with texts in these languages in addition to texts in Danish and English.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject.

Student life

Life at Nobel Park

Latin American studies is taught at Nobel Park, along with most other languages, Scandinavian languages and literature, philosophy, the history of ideas and many other subjects.

  • The Nobel bar: Nobel Park has its own Friday bar, where you can get cold beers and socialise after 14.00. Once a month, there is a “long bar”, with live music until midnight. The Nobel bar also hosts parties during the year, so if you are keen on partying, this is where it happens.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Job profile

As a graduate of Latin American studies, you can work with:

  1. Cultural information – including the person responsible for communication in public and private organisations with contact to Latin America.
  2. Project management and administration of collaboration with customers, business partners or politicians, e.g. via employment at an embassy or export company.
  3. Translating and interpreting for the EU and international NGOs, etc.
  4. Teaching and research (universities, evening classes, private education, etc.).
  5. Travel and tourism – concept development, marketing and planning.

You can also pursue a career as a researcher. You have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s Graduate School. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree studies or when you have completed your Master’s degree.
For more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities, click here.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.