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 in cognate fields such as the publishing industry.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
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 and documentary
- Latino studies
- Migration, mobility and space
- The history of the Portuguese Empire
- Brazilian literature
- Posthumanism in Latin American film, literature and art
- Comparative American literature and culture
About this degree
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
For information about available funding and scholarships please visit the SELCS Funding and Scholarships website.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Recent graduates have used their knowledge to work in the fields of research, curatorship, the BBC, the BFI, advertising and the film industry.
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
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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