Research course

Hispanic Studies (on-campus or by distance learning)

University of Birmingham · Department of Modern Languages
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

A good upper second-class degree in Spanish (Single or Joint Honours), or the equivalent, is usually required.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

We offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a vibrant and diverse postgraduate community. Research activity in Hispanic Studies spans medieval to modern, embracing the history, literatures and cultures of Spain,Catalonia, the Hispanic Caribbean, Spanish America, Portugal and Brazil. It also encompasses the disciplines of Linguistics,Translation Studies and Cinema.

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.

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Department specialisms

Crime and detective fiction (in Spanish and Portuguese; 20th and 21st century women's narrative from Spain and Latin America; violence and gender; Luso-Brazilian women's literature. Hispanic Caribbean and Latin-American literature; gender and post-colonial studies. The invention of America in the Spanish culture of the exile of 1939; women's personal narratives; 19th- and 20th-century Spanish literature; modern Spanish poetry. 20th-century Hispanic narrative; the avant-garde novel of the 1920s; the social novel of the 1930s; Spanish Civil War Literature; Spanish republican exile; María Zambrano. Catalan poetry and narrative; literature of exile; comparative literature. Portuguese literature in English translation; the anthology in Portugal; the Uruguayan short story; advertising language; translation studies. Spanish cinema Textual editing; medieval chronicles; comparative philology; Hispanic linguistics. Golden Age literature and culture; drama and theatre in early modern Europe.

Information for international students

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of hospitality to overseas students. Students study in a diverse and multicultural community. Students become part of a diverse postgraduate community through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT - £6,840 PT (DL only)

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005