Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

This programme develops Portuguese language skills, enabling students to communicate fluently and accurately with native speakers in both informal and professional contexts; it also develops their ability to critically analyse Portuguese and Brazilian language, linguistics and culture, including art, film, history and literature; students learn the latest theoretical approaches to cultural critique and explore a wide range of cultural forms within their social and historical contexts.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree in an appropriate subject and will be expected to have language skills in Portuguese equivalent to A-level + 1 year, or C1 (CEFR), also equivalent to a pass in Portuguese 4.

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

Project, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies; option modules: Portuguese 5; scenes of Portuguese history (cultural approaches to modern politics); space, culture and Society in Brazil; the urban experience in Brazil.

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 2 essays of 2500-3500 words. You also undertake an 8000-word research project that allows you to explore a topic that interests you in depth.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time October 2016 - 1 years
Graduate Diploma Full-time October 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Cultures and Languages, School of Arts
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6170