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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

Virtual Presentation of 2019 Ann Waterfall Award

20 May 2020

Hannah Shakespeare, who graduated last year, won the Ann Waterfall Award 2019 for the best student of Portuguese in the UK, the most prestigious prize of its kind for students doing Lusophone studies. The award was presented yesterday during a virtual ceremony in the presence of Portugal’s ambassador in the UK. Watch the...

'Brazil in the time of Coronavirus' and other essays

12 May 2020

Please see the following link for important essays on the impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic world, including a piece by our own Maite Conde on ‘Brazil in the Time of Coronavirus'.

Online Launch of Dr Natasha Tanna's book: Queer Geneaologies in Transnational Barcelona

12 May 2020

Online launch of Natasha Tanna’s new book Queer Genealogies in Transnational Barcelona (Legenda) Tuesday 19 May, 6pm-7.15pm (UK time) Registration and further details here: Book blurb: How do queer texts engage...

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