Taught course

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies

Birkbeck, University of London · Iberian and Latin American Studies

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

We are also known for our unique student population, including a high number of Spanish and Latin American undergraduates and postgraduates. This brings a particular richness and variety of experience and knowledge to our courses and seminars.

Our international staff specialise in diverse aspects of cultural history and critique, with a strong emphasis not only on the literary and linguistic but also the audiovisual expression of Latin America and the Iberian peninsula past and present.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Spanish Language Learning Scholarships

In collaboration with Fundacion Lengua (http://www.fundacionlengua.com/) 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.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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