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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

Catalan Students at the House of Commons

24 May 2023

On Monday, May 15, a group of students and lecturers of Catalan Studies visited the Houses of Parliament invited by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia, to discuss the importance of learning minoritized languages in a globalized world.

Queer Hispanisms Now - Conference

17 May 2023

Date: 3 July 2023 - 4 July 2023 Location: Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge Convenor: Isaías Fanlo, University of Cambridge Queerness is, among many other things, change; therefore, a queer gaze needs to be aware of mutations and deviations. In their fundamental essay “What’s Queer about Queer...

Congratulations to María Noriega-Sánchez and Viviane Carvalho Da Annunciaçao - Student-Led Teaching Awards

17 May 2023

The Spanish and Portuguese Section are delighted to announce that María Noriega-Sánchez has been Highly Commended for Innovative Teaching, and Viviane Carvalho Da Annunciaçao has received the Award for Student Support (non-academic staff), at this year’s Student-Led Teaching Awards. María and Viviane were selected for...

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