The Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies MPhil/PhD offers a tightly structured doctoral degree programme in a variety of research fields ranging from Golden Age literature and history to the contemporary Spanish novel, from Brazilian literature to Spanish American film. Recent graduates from the programme have gone on to work as lecturers or as assistant professors or working in cognate fields such as the publishing industry.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5060 (FT) £2530 (PT)
- £19580 (FT) £9850 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American Studies or a cognate area, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
- 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
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £28,000 (3 years)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Upon completion of their PhD degree students have typically obtained lectureship posts at universities in the UK and abroad. Other students have sought employment in cognate fields such as the creative industries, librarianship or publishing.
Students acquire a wide range of skills ranging from empirical research (manuscript and book based as well as online documents), advanced oral presentations and writing skills, data management, resource management and project management, advanced networking skills, intellectual independence and resourcefulness, all of which prepare our candidates effectively for their future careers.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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 60,000-70,000 words along with a 30-minute documentary.
Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
Student / staff numbers
› 52 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
74% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
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- Professor Mairéad Hanrahan, Research Director