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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

Former Spanish and Portuguese student Dillon Mapletoft premieres a new television series on Channel 4

23 January 2023

Congratulations to former Spanish and Portuguese student Dillon Mapletoft, who has premiered a new television series on Channel 4. Please see below for the full article from The Guardian. ‘I was the oldest person on set’: How a doomsday comedy lured Inbetweener Simon Bird back to TV

Cambridge Hispanic & Lusophone Research Seminar Series

19 January 2023

We are happy to announce the upcoming dates for our Cambridge Hispanic & Lusophone Research Seminar in Lent Term.

In Memoriam - Jean Franco (1924-2022)

17 January 2023

It is with great sadness that The Spanish and Portuguese section of MMLL at The University of Cambridge learned that Professor Jean Franco passed away on 14 December 2022. She was 98. Professor Franco was the first Professor of Latin American Literature in England and a pathbreaking scholar in the field of Latin American...

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