Visit the institution website for COVID‑19 updates
Applicants should have a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) in an appropriate subject and will be expected to have language skills in Spanish equivalent to A-level + one year, or C1 (CEFR), also equivalent to a pass in Spanish 4.
Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
Months of entry
Our Graduate Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Studies is ideal if you wish to familiarise yourself with and understand the rich cultural histories of Spain and Latin America, including Brazil, while also improving your Spanish and your research and study skills.
The course has been designed for those who want to refresh their knowledge of Spanish and Latin American studies, including Brazilian studies, in preparation for a master's degree, particularly if you have taken a break from studying and need to refamiliarise yourself with the field, or if you have a degree in a different but relevant subject area. The course will also suit international students who want to deepen their knowledge of Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American cultures while experiencing life and study in the UK, as well as teachers who want to refresh and deepen their knowledge, but who do not necessarily want to undertake a full MA quite yet.
This course will help you reinforce your Spanish language skills at an advanced level and develop your analytical and critical skills in the study of Spanish and Latin American cultural forms, including art, film, history, literature, urban studies and linguistics. You will learn the latest theoretical approaches to cultural critique and explore a wide range of cultural forms within their social and historical contexts.
This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits).
- Designed for students who require further training to progress to an MA programme, such as Birkbeck's MA/MRes Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies.
- You will be taught by specialists from our Department of Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics, a centre of teaching and research excellence.
- In the most recent 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.
- Our affiliated research centres, the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) and Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC), provide important platforms for this exchange.
- The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Student Advice Service
- +44 (0)20 3907 0700