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The Spanish and Portuguese Section very much welcomes PhD 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 members of our Section specialise in a broad variety of topics and areas of research. They are some of the leading experts in topics such as Medieval studies, Golden Age, Modern Peninsular, Latin American, Catalan culture, Hispanic Linguistics, Lusophone literature and art. Between them they have offered supervision in research for the PhD on an exciting range of topics, and welcome enquiries from potential research students.

Student response to our programme has been enthusiastic throughout the years and we have provided a unique training to support the personal and academic development of many young scholars who are currently holding academic jobs in different centres in the UK and abroad. 



Information on applications, entry requirements and funding can be found here.

The requirement for admission to any graduate course is a good honours degree in Spanish or Portuguese or Modern Languages. The standard normally required is that of a first class or high 2.1 degree, or its equivalent. It is also expected that all candidates for a PhD will have achieved a distinction in a masters degree by the time they begin the doctorate.

Applicants for the PhD will be called for interview by members of the Department in the Lent (Spring) Term of the year in which they wish to begin their studies. The interview will seek to establish the suitability of the candidate in relation to our resources and specialist interests.



Postgraduates here enjoy the facilities of one of the most important University Libraries of the country. In addition to this, it should be noted that there are several funding opportunities to support their research, both through the University and the Colleges:

Applicants should contact for more information on graduate study in the Spanish and Portuguese Section and should consult our staff research interests.

Please see our current PhD students and former students' testimonials.