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Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King's


The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies (SPLAS) at King’s has historic roots in the early development of the academic study of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. This long tradition allows us now to build in innovative ways on our profound expertise in research and teaching across these languages, literatures and cultures.


The Department plays an important role in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities whose teaching and research ratings place it amongst the best in the UK. 

Modern Languages research at King's  achieved a 'power' ranking of 9th in the UK according the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality and quantity of research across the UK's universities. This  research is the foundation for our teaching and we are working on new collaborations across the department that reflect and develop this fundamental relationship. All teaching is done by academics who are expert in their field. 

The Modern Languages departments at King's ranked 7th in the UK in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 8th in the Guardian University guide 2018.


If you join the Department, you will be coming to study in an environment which encourages excellence, which requires hard work, and which gives you the intellectual training and practical language skills necessary for a successful future career. You can find out more about the destinations of our graduates on our employability page.

A vibrant community

The department hosts a year-round programme of events and invites scholars from around the world to collaborate with them in London. You can see more on our YouTube playlist. In 2016 we hosted an event with musicians and academics in dialogue, the video of which is here:


Student choice

We believe in offering students a wide range of choice and our courses reflect the diversity of interests within the Department covering four continents and ranging from modern Brazilian music to Medieval Spanish literature. BA programmes allow a mixture of guided and compulsory modules and choice across the full range offered in the Department.

More than 500 million people, in around 30 countries, on five continents use Spanish or Portuguese as their first language. Any study of either of these languages thus introduces you to an unparalleled range of cultures and histories which have shaped the world in which we live.

Postgraduate study

The Department has an extremely successful and vibrant graduate student culture across the PhD programme and our MA in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.  

We have a strong community of research and MA students, students with AHRC funded studentships and alumni who all contribute to the field of Hispanic and Lusophone studies in the UK and beyond.

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