Our Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Spanish and Portuguese languages as well as Peninsular, Spanish American and Brazilian literatures and cultural histories from the earliest times to the present day. Beginning with the module ‘Global Iberias’ in first year, we will give you a broad introduction to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds, and you will explore an unrivalled range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds.
In the second and final year, you will further develop your interests through a variety of optional modules. The core language modules will help you refine and deepen the linguistic knowledge essential to all fields of study, and enable you to graduate with near native fluency.
The option to study abroad for a year offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the culture and society of a Spanish-speaking country and achieve language fluency. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities and you may apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or undertake an internship/work placement in a Spanish-speaking environment.
Our Department of English prides itself not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, from medieval literature to modern poetry and women’s writing, but also on the diversity of the approaches we use, from contemporary literary theory to close textual examination and historical scholarship.
Our courses are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we help students to become independent, lifelong learners who contribute to the quality of their own education. You will be studying with leading academics who are experts across a wide variety of fields. As you progress, you will be able to pursue your particular interests and be exposed to different disciplines and approaches, such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, Popular Music, Gender and Cultural studies, as well as Film and Visual Arts.
You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework, the exact weighting of which will depend on your choice of modules. This allows you to develop different approaches to work and research.
We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture, including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.
The year abroad is an obligatory and enriching part of our courses, with a wide range of options to study or, through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America.