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Postgraduate study in the Spanish and Portuguese Section

The Spanish and Portuguese Section very much welcomes MPhil (Masters) students. We are one of the largest Hispanic and Lusophone departments in the UK, and one of the most highly ranked departments for research.

The Section offers a wide selection of specialised MPhil seminars that allow you to explore some of the most important periods and aspects of Hispanic and Lusophone culture from an extensive range of theoretical and critical perspectives: Middle Ages, Golden Age, Modern Peninsular, Portuguese and Lusophone, Catalan, Latin American Studies and Hispanic Linguistics. Members of the Department who teach on these courses specialise in a broad variety of topics and areas of research.


MPhil Programmes

MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures​

This one year MPhil is taught by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) as a whole, and consists of a Core Course in literary theory, culture and literary analysis plus a wide choice of modules, assessed by coursework and dissertation. The list of modules can be found under the Spanish and Portuguese heading via the following link:

MPhil in Film and Screen Studies

This one year MPhil focuses on the interdisciplinary study of film and media, with a focus on moving images. It consists of a Core Course designed to give students a broad insight into moving image theory and culture, plus a wide range of modules taught by staff from Modern and Medieval Languages and a range of other Sections. The course is assessed by three course essays and a dissertation. The Spanish and Portuguese modules can be found via the following link:

MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

This one-year MPhil is taught by the Department of Linguistics and the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML). 

It is possible to take the Hispanic Pathway of the MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. This pathway allows students to specialise in the linguistics of the Hispanic languages in the context of general theoretical linguistics. It aims to give students the research skills and necessary intellectual background in Hispanic and general linguistics to allow them to pursue independent research on Hispanic linguistics.



We offer our graduates expert teaching, and the research interests of individual students is developed through tailored one-to-one supervisions.  Students interested in pursuing an MPhil in Spanish, Catalan, Linguistics, Lusophone and Latin American Studies will find an outstanding group of supervisors to work with, and are encouraged to contact members of the Department to discuss how their particular research projects might be pursued.

It should also be noted that postgraduates here enjoy the facilities of one of the most important University Libraries of the country.


There are several funding opportunities to support postgraduate research, both through the University and the Colleges:

For all enquiries about graduate studies in the Spanish and Portuguese Section, please contact