Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


2 years part-time or 1 year full-time


2-3 evenings a week, October to May

This degree offers the possibility of following advanced study in the histories of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American cultures in the light of contemporary theoretical developments in the fields of literature, cultural studies, cultural geography, film and the history of art and media. You may specialise in either Spain and Portugal or Latin America, as well as in different historical periods and media, or combine interests.

Birkbeck is a world-renowned centre of Iberian and Latin American Studies. Our work is distinguished by its innovative character, its engagement with other disciplines and its challenge to received ideas. We are committed to a continual rethinking of the fields we research and the subjects we teach, creatively and critically.

In collaboration with Fundacion Lengua ( a Spanish language school in Valladolid, Spain, we can offer our undergraduate and postgraduate students of Spanish as many as 50 scholarships per year to take a one or two-week language course at the relevant level with Fundacion Lengua in Valladolid.  The scholarship course covers the course costs*.

* A registration fee of 85 euros is payable by the student (information valid for 2016).  Transportation and room and board expenses are the responsibility of the student.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The department hosts the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), offering a unique environment in which to undertake collaborative, cross-disciplinary and comparative research on visual subjects in the Hispanic and Lusophone world, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Postgraduate research seminars are held throughout the year, offering a stimulating forum for discussion among our research students, MA/MRes students, staff and invited speakers.
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Course structure

You take 2 core theory modules (30 credits each), 2 option modules (30 credits each) and a research skills module, and write a dissertation (60 credits). You can also take an optional dissertation workshop.

If you wish, one of your options may be chosen from another relevant MA programme at Birkbeck, or you can instead undertake a module of directed reading.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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