Research course

Spanish and Latin American Studies

UCL - University College London · Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Entry requirements

A minimum of an MA degree in Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American Studies or a cognate area.

Months of entry


Course content

Academic research may be pursued in Golden Age literature and history, Anglo-Spanish political relations, the history of the Portuguese empire, the novel of the restoration period in Spain, Brazilian literature, Peruvian poetry, Spanish film, Latin American film, travel writing, translation studies and latino studies.

PhD students enrolled on the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies MPhil/PhD programme enjoy unparalleled access to library resources (the UCL library the Senate House Library and the British Library), a broad range of research skills courses offered by the doctoral school which are part of the doctoral programme, and a variety of cultural events offered by the Instituto Cervantes, Europa House, and the various embassies of Latin America. All students have a primary and a subsidiary supervisor to guide them through their PhD studies and they can apply for funds to conduct research at specialist libraries in Spain, Portugal, the United States and Latin America. Students can take the text-only PhD or the documentary-track PhD in which students submit a thesis of 6,000-70,000 words along with a 30-minute documentary.

Department specialisms

Early Modern Spanish and Latin American Literature, History and Culture, Including the Golden Age Comedia Anglo-Spanish Literary and Political Relations 1500–1640, Especially Translation 19th and 20th-century Spanish Literature The Novel of the Restoration Period in Spain Contemporary Spanish Fiction/Translation Spanish Film 19th- and 20th-century Scientific and Literary Travel Writing in Latin America 19th- and 20th-century Spanish-American Literature Spanish American Essay Writers Latin American Film Latin American Film and Documentary Latino Studies Migration, Mobility and Space. The History of the Portuguese Empire Brazilian Literature

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Stephen Hart
+44 (0)20 7679 3036
020 7679 3001