One year full-time or two years part-time
Two to three evenings a week, October to May
Other entry years for this course2018
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 a year to take a one or two-week language course at the relevant level. 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.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
- 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.
- Watch a video about the MA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies and MA Comparative Literature.
You take two core theory modules (30 credits each), two 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.
- Culture and Critique (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
- Dissertation MA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
- Research Skills
- Cities and Cultures
- Contemporary Latin American Fiction
- Crisis in Portuguese Cinema
- Early cinema and modernity in Brazil
- Film, History and Revolution
- Latin American Cinemas
- Literature and Dictatorship in Latin America
- Photography and the Brazilian 'Image World' circa 1840-1950
- Portuguese Modernism: Fernando Pessoa and Beyond
- Postdictatorship and Cultural Production in Spain and Latin America
- Power and Control in Spanish Golden Age Art
- Spanish Pragmatics
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
First- or second-class BA honours degree with Spanish or Portuguese as a main component, though other applicants considered (degree-level Spanish or Portuguese is normally required).
2 letters of reference and a sample of written work in support of the application normally required.
A qualifying essay in English, Spanish or Portuguese may be requested.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Lectures, seminars and student presentations.
A 3500-word essay and a 1500-word critical review for the theory modules; a 5000-word essay for each special option; one critical annotated bibliography of 15 to 20 sources (book, journal article, web page, etc.) for the Research Skills module, which aims to explore the chosen topic of MA dissertation; and a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in international organisations or business, translation, teaching, and research or journalism. Possible professions include researcher, journalist, or teacher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a translator, academic librarian, or archivist.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
Applications from March to second week of September.
Interviews March to September.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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