Hispanic Studies: Language, Culture and History MA
This wide-ranging and flexible programme offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the cultures of the Hispanic world at an advanced level. As a pathway of the Language, Culture and History MA, students can combine their interest in Hispanic Studies with course options from Gender Studies, Translation Studies, and Comparative Literature.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme offers a broad range of course options in Hispanic cultures from the early modern period to the present day, alongside relevant training in research skills and methodologies. Students develop a knowledge and understanding of the key aspects and complex concepts used to understand Hispanic Literature, film and culture.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Spanish & Latin American Studies features staff who are nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field, who publish in their specialist areas and are active researchers. The department regularly hosts a number of events including conferences, research seminars, symposia and a documentary film course in Cuba.
Our location in London provides access to numerous cultural and social events relating to the Spanish-speaking world, its literature, films, history and politics. We encourage active participation in the events of the Instituto Cervantes and the Institute for the Study of the Americas, both of which provide access to excellent resources to enhance your studies.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: taught and research. Taught: one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core module (30 credits), two taught modules (60 credits), dissertation (90 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project on a literary, cultural or historical topic, which culminates in a 12,000-word dissertation (taught pathway) or 18,000-word dissertation (research pathway), written in Spanish or English.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and tutorials. Students are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught. Students are assessed by a variety of methods, including long essays, take-home exams, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Applicants for this programme may be eligible for a number of funding opportunities, including: The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Postgraduate Studentships and UCL Graduate scholarships.
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.
This award is based on academic merit and is open to prospective students of the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme will be of interest both to those who wish to enhance their knowledge of the Hispanic world for professional purposes - in the fields of education, culture, media and tourism, for example - as well as students who are considering pursuing their studies to doctoral level.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Hispanic Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Hispanic Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This programme may lead to further research, or to employment in which a broad familiarity with Spanish and Spanish American culture is an asset.
First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
- IMS: Live Subtitler
- British Council: Project Delivery Officer
- University of Westminster: Teacher
- UCL: Further doctoral research in Spanish Literature
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