Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Spanish and Latin American Studies

This Graduate Diploma is ideal if you wish to familiarise yourself with and understand the rich cultural histories of Spain and Latin America, while also improving your Spanish and your research and study skills. The course has been designed for those who want to refresh their knowledge of Spanish 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 Spanish and Latin American 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 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, 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.

Entry requirements

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

This course consists of 120 credits. You take 1 compulsory module - a research project - and choose 2 option modules at Level 6.
Compulsory module:

Project, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

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.

Sponsorship information

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

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Key information

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