Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies

This degree offers the possibility of following advanced study in the histories of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American cultures in the light of contemporary theoretical developments in the fields of literature, cultural studies, cultural geography, film and the history of art and media. You may specialise in either Spain and Portugal or Latin America, as well as in different historical periods and media, or combine interests. Birkbeck is a world-renowned centre of Iberian and Latin American Studies. Our work is distinguished by its innovative character, its engagement with other disciplines and its challenge to received ideas. We are committed to a continual rethinking of the fields we research and the subjects we teach, creatively and critically. We are also known for our unique student population, including a high number of Spanish and Latin American undergraduates and postgraduates. This brings a particular richness and variety of experience and knowledge to our courses and seminars. Our international staff specialise in diverse aspects of cultural history and critique, with a strong emphasis not only on the literary and linguistic but also the audiovisual expression of Latin America and the Iberian peninsula past and present.

Entry requirements

First or second-class BA honours degree with Spanish or Portuguese as a main component, though other applicants considered (degree-level Spanish or Portuguese is normally required). 2 letters of reference and a sample of written work in support of the application normally required. A qualifying essay in English, Spanish or Portuguese may be requested.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

MA

You take 2 core theory modules (30 credits each), 2 option modules (30 credits each) and a research skills module, and write a dissertation (60 credits). You can also take an optional dissertation workshop.

If you wish, one of your options may be chosen from another relevant MA programme at Birkbeck, or you can instead undertake a module of directed reading.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Core modules:

Culture and Critique (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies);
Dissertation MA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies;
Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 1;
Research Skills.

Option modules:

Cities and Cultures;
Contemporary Latin American Fiction;
Crisis in Portuguese Cinema;
Early cinema and modernity in Brazil;
Film, History and Revolution;
Latin American Cinemas;
Literature and Dictatorship in Latin America;
Photography and the Brazilian 'Image World' circa 1840-1950;
Portuguese Modernism: Fernando Pessoa and Beyond;
Postdictatorship and Cultural Production in Spain and Latin America;
Power and Control in Spanish Golden Age Art;
Spanish Pragmatics.

MRes

You take 2 core theory modules (15 credits each), a research skills module (15 credits) and a dissertation workshop (15 credits), and then write a dissertation (120 credits).

To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Core modules:

Theory 1: Cultural History/Visual Culture;
Theory 2: Cultural Critique.

Assessment methods

MA

A 3500-word essay and a 1500-word critical review for the theory modules; a 5000-word essay for each special option; 1 critical annotated bibliography of 15 to 20 sources (book, journal article, web page, etc.) for the Research Skills module, which aims to explore the chosen topic of MA dissertation; and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

MRes

A 3500-word essay and a 1500-word critical review for the theory modules; 1 critical annotated bibliography of 15 to 20 sources (book, journal article, web page, etc.) for the Research Skills module which aims to explore the chosen topic of MRes Dissertation; and a dissertation of 30,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Spanish Language Learning Scholarships: In collaboration with Fundacion Lengua (http://www.fundacionlengua.com/) a Spanish language school in Valladolid, Spain, we can offer our undergraduate and postgraduate students of Spanish as many as 50 scholarships per year to take a one or two-week language course at the relevant level with Fundacion Lengua in Valladolid. The scholarship course covers the course costs. A registration fee of 85 euros is payable by the student (information valid for 2016). Transportation and room and board expenses are the responsibility of the student. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MRes Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MRes Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8381