Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two to three 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 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.

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Course structure

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.

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