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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

In Memoriam: Dr. Geoffrey Walker (1936 - 2023)

8 September 2023

The Spanish & Portuguese Section is sad to share the news of the passing of Dr. Geoffrey Walker, a former colleague who will be missed enormously.

Professor Dominic Keown wins the 32nd Ramon Llull International Prize for Catalan Studies and Cultural Diversity

6 September 2023

The Spanish and Portuguese Section is delighted to announce that Prof. Dominic Keown, emeritus professor of Catalan Studies at Fitzwilliam College and former Head of the Section, has been awarded the 32nd Ramon Llull International Prize for Catalan Studies and Cultural Diversity, for his exceptional contribution to Catalan studies.

New Website: Multilingualism at Cambridge

7 July 2023

We are delighted to be able to present a new website focusing on languages and multilingualism at the University of Cambridge, featuring information about multilingualism projects and events, in conjunction with the Global Humanities Network.

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