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Spanish and Portuguese

Welcome to Spanish and Portuguese!

The Spanish and Portuguese section is one of the largest in the UK, and has been ranked as one of the most outstanding for teaching and research. It is a lively and friendly community of undergraduates, postgraduates (masters and doctoral students), researchers and lecturers with interests ranging from the cultures and history of Catalonia, Portugal and Spain, to those of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico amongst others.

Particular research interests of staff are in fields as diverse as film and media studies, modern Peninsular and cultural studies, Portuguese and Brazilian literature and visual arts, translation theory, syntax of the Romance languages, contemporary Catalan culture, Medieval and Golden Age studies, and Latin American literature, film and visual arts.

There are approximately 400 undergraduates (across all years) and 14 postgraduate students who conduct their research under the supervision of senior members of staff. Most teaching is undertaken in small groups (supervisions), and as a student here (at any level) you will have frequent opportunities to discuss your work with teaching staff, often on a one-to-one basis.

If you are interested in studying here as an undergraduate, you may like to read the information about applying and attend one of our Faculty Open Days. If you wish to undertake postgraduate research in Spanish & Portuguese, please see our dedicated information for MPhil and PhD students. We very much welcome enquiries from prospective students at all levels.

Latest News

Anglo-Portuguese Society: Ann Waterfall Award

17 February 2020

Congratulations to Hannah Shakespeare who has received the Anglo- Portuguese society’s prestigious Ann Waterfall Award, given to the best student of Portuguese in the United Kingdom! This is highly-deserved recognition of Hannah’s hard work and dedication to Portuguese throughout her degree at Cambridge. Well done Hannah...

Modernisme and the Media: Picasso's Periodicals

15 February 2020

Dr Rihiannon McGlade will be discussing 'Modernisme and the Media: Picasso’s Periodicals' as part of the Royal Academy’s Lates: Barcelona Modernisme night on Saturday 15 February.

In Visible Ink: Women and Visual Print Media in Spain's Transition to Democracy

13 February 2020

Dr Rhiannon McGlade will be giving a lecture, 'In Visible Ink: Women and Visual Print Media in Spain’s Transition to Democracy’ on Thursday 13 February at 5 pm ER142 Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Elvet Riverside 1​, Durham University. Booking is essential - please register by emailing . Further...

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