Research course

Portuguese and Lusophone Studies

University of Nottingham · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD-level study, applicants should hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters (by research) is a PhD in miniature. You select a topic, in consultation with a prospective supervisor, and over the course of a years full time registration, you gather materials, read reference works you have located yourself or which have been recommended to you by your supervisor, hone your thoughts and your focus, and in the end, produce a thesis of about 30,000 words in length.

At the end of three years full-time registration, plus one year optional writing-up, you will have written a thesis of between 80,000-100,000 words, in English, Spanish or Portuguese, on a topic which makes a significant contribution to the sum of knowledge on the Hispanic or Lusophone worlds. You will normally have completed a research-preparation masters degree in a related discipline. You will have agreed your research topic with a main supervisor before you start. You will be given a second supervisor, whose field of expertise complements that of your main supervisor, when you begin. You will work with this team closely for the duration of your study. You will also be welcome to consult any other member of the department whose research seems of relevance to your own work. You will attend all departmental research seminars and special lectures and deliver at least one paper of your own each year, usually at the annual Postgraduate Forum. If there are areas of research methodology which need to be addressed, you will be invited to attend relevant courses offered by the Graduate School or your supervisor will advise you. During your time with us, you will be considered a fully-paid-up member of the research community, with the right to contribute to debate, start-up research initiatives and attend national and international conferences, when and as your supervisor deems appropriate. Our research community is very strong and full of strong-minded people. It should be a very rewarding journey.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
24-48 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5917