Research course

Hispanic Studies

University of Glasgow · College of Arts
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Hispanic Studies is a small, vibrant and dynamic research unit, and one of the most interdisciplinary in Scotland. We have strong connections with institutions in the USA, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities through the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities and will join the diverse and lively postgraduate community within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Many of our postgraduate students in the past have come from Chile, Europe, USA, Brazil, and Mexico and we warmly welcome applications from international students.

Our main focus is 19th, 20th and 21st Century Latin American and Peninsular Culture, Film, Literature and Cultural Theory (with special interest in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Portugal and Spain (including Catalonia)).

The wide-range of interests and expertise of existing staff is complemented by other expertise in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the College of Arts. This affords the opportunity for interdisciplinary work under joint supervision.

Staff Research Interests:

  • Latin American visual culture, including the cinema, art and photography of Brazil, Mexico and the Southern Cone.
  • Latin American poetry and narrative.
  • Brazilian culture, society and national identity.
  • 19th, 20th and 21st century Peninsular literature, cinema, cultural history and cultural studies.
  • 20th and 21st century Catalan Studies, including literature, cultural studies, sociolinguistics and questions of nationalism/national identity.

Examples of topics we can supervise include:

Regional/National Identities in Spain, Modern and Contemporary Literature in Catalan and Spanish, Hispanic Multilingual Literature, Censorship during Franco’s Regime, Women Writers in Spain, the Nineteenth Century Spanish Press, Hispanic Women Artists, Contemporary Argentine Cinema, Gender and the Historic Avant-Garde, (Auto)biographical/Testimonial Literature in Latin America, Photographic Narrative in Mexico, Brazilian History, Culture and Society, Political Cinema and Documentary, Latin American Poetry.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

  • College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.
  • Eligibility and submission details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.
  • Eligibility and application details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017 (we must also have received your PhD application by this date)

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

MLitt by research

part time
36 months
full time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Jordi Cornella