Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Spanish and Latin American Studies

This course will refresh your knowledge of Spanish in preparation for a Master's degree, particularly if you have taken a break from studying, and if you want to familiarise yourself with and understand the rich cultural histories of Spain and Latin America. This programme will develop your Spanish 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 Spanish and Latin American language, linguistics and culture, including art, film, history and literature. You will 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 1st degree in an appropriate subject and will be expected to have language skills in Spanish equivalent to A-level plus 1 year, or C1 (CEFR), also equivalent to a pass in Spanish 4.

Course modules

Compulsory module: Project. Option modules: Contemporary Latin American literature and art; Iberian political cultures (approaches to modern Portugal and Spain); space, culture and society in Brazil; Spanish 5; Spanish discourse analysis.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time - 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 6170/6113