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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

Ingleses no Brasil Article: Globo

14 September 2020

Read a great article and rave reviews of our Portuguese lecturer Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sa’s new book Ingleses no Brasil in the newspaper O Globo. You can read the article here

Interview with Carlos Fonseca

11 September 2020

Read an interview with our own lecturer, Carlos Fonseca, in the LÁ review of books.

Microhistoria de España by William Chislett

24 August 2020

Microhistora de España by British Journalist William Chislett will be released in Spanish on 6th October 2020. The book may be of interest to students studying Spanish. Read about the book here Book available on

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