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MPhil International Relations (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

3 Years
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 Tuition fee

8500 GBP
2300 GBP
2300 GBP

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National 0 GBP
Brazil Institute
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The units at King’s College London that are participating in the joint PhD are the Brazil Institute and the departments of War Studies and Political Economy.  At USP, the departments affiliated to IRI are Law, History, Economics and Political Science.

For the PhD student starting at King’s, access to IRI at USP offers a wealth of courses, expertise.  Areas covered include regional economic integration in South America; South Atlantic security issues; and global environmental challenges from a Brazilian perspective. For the PhD starting at USP, our specialists in War Studies, Political Economy, Geography and the Brazil Institute can offer expertise in areas that may not be covered at IRI. We believe that institutionalizing the flow of students between our universities could lead to exciting opportunities for collaborative research. 

The programme began at King’s College London in September 2015. Our first students on this programme will begin their studies at USP is August, 2016.

King's Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 months at USP, pursuing studies outlined in their research proposal.

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Eligibility Criteria

A Masters degree (or international equivalent) is usually required.

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

Students must have a research proposal that focuses on the changing role of Brazil in the world and be fluent in Portuguese or, if not fluent, capable of reaching a good standard in their first year of the PhD programme.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules


The units at King’s College London that are participating in the joint PhD are the Brazil Institute and the departments of War Studies and Political Economy. The departments of Geography and History may become part of the programme. At USP, the departments affiliated to IRI are Law, History, Economics and Political Science.

The Brazil 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  with other staff of the College in the departments above. To give you an idea, staff research interests in the Brazil Institute 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.

Applicants accepted at King’s for this joint degree will spend their first year at King’s and then spend at least a year at USP after completing their upgrade examination.

Specific questions can be directed to the Brazil Institute Director Anthony Pereira ([email protected]) or +44 (0)20 7848 2146.

Course study environment

King's College London & University of São Paulo

Head of group/division

Anthony Pereira is the convenor for this programme.

Contact for information

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

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How to Apply

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.

The evaluation of applications will be the responsibility of a Joint Academic Committee (JAC) consisting of academic staff from both IRI/USP and the Brazil Institute, War Studies, and Political Economy at King’s College London. The JAC will supervise all of the academic, administrative and operational issues related to the programme, working within the regulations of each university.

Personal statement and supporting information

In addition to a research proposal, applicants should submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for pursuing further research. 

Other documents required for the application include:

1. Research proposal of 5-7 pages.

2. Transcripts of previous study, including BA or BSc and MA or MSc.

3. A personal essay describing the candidate’s suitability for the course, including a description of the studies and research that the applicant would like to undertake while at IRI/USP.

4. Two letters of recommendation attesting to the academic abilities of the applicant.

5. If the candidates’ previous degrees are not from an English-speaking university, an English test with a score above that required (see:http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/requirements/language.aspx)

Course intake

No set number

Joint PhDs - Application advice

Applicants for this Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, ie where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.

Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 months at the University which is not their home Institution.  

Application closing date

The application deadline to start in September 2016 is 29th July 2016 for overseas students and 2nd September 2016 for Home/EU students.

The application deadline to start in January 2017 is 31st October 2016 for overseas students and 2nd December 2016 for Home/EU students.

The application deadline to start in April 2017 is 19th February 2017 for all students.

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