Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

This Graduate Diploma is ideal if you wish to familiarise yourself with and understand the rich cultural histories of Portugal and Brazil, while also improving your Portuguese and your research and study skills. The course has been designed for those who want to refresh their knowledge of Portuguese in preparation for a Master's degree, particularly if you've taken a break from studying and need to refamiliarise yourself, or if you have a degree in a different but relevant subject area. The course will also suit international students who want to deepen their knowledge of Brazilian and Portuguese language and culture while experiencing life and study in the UK, as well as teachers who want to refresh and deepen their knowledge, but who do not necessarily want to undertake a full MA quite yet. This programme will develop your Portuguese language skills, enabling you to communicate fluently and accurately with native speakers in both informal and professional contexts. It will also develop your ability to critically analyse Portuguese and Brazilian language, linguistics and culture, including art, film, history, literature and urban studies. You will learn the latest theoretical approaches to cultural critique and explore a wide range of cultural forms within their social and historical contexts. This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits). Highlights - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - Ideal for international students who wish to study in the UK for a year and also for teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of Brazilian and Portuguese language and culture. - Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) and the Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC), provides important platforms for this exchange. - The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year's free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Entry requirements

Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip: Applicants should have a first degree in an appropriate subject and will be expected to have language skills in Portuguese equivalent to A-level + one year, or C1 (CEFR), also equivalent to a pass in Portuguese 4.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Language modules are assessed via coursework that includes a project and other tasks, as well as oral and written in-class tests. Literature and culture modules are assessed via two essays of 2500-3500 words. You also undertake an 8000-word research project that allows you to explore in depth a topic that interests you.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

Get in touch

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.

Key information

Contact: 
Department of Cultures and Languages, School of Arts
Telephone number: 
02076316170