MA Hispanic Studies
Department of Hispanic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Sheffield is a recognised centre of excellence for Hispanic studies. Our flexible courses are supported by world-leading teaching and research.
Hispanic studies at Sheffield is not just about learning a language. It's about immersing yourself in another culture, understanding the way Hispanic peoples think and feel. This level of insight can open the door to a truly international career.
We specialise in Catalan studies and the modern literature and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world. We are also very strong on contemporary Spanish culture and society and nineteenth-century Spanish literature, with a major research project on Pérez Galdós.
We also have expertise in contemporary Spanish politics and the novel, and Hispanic linguistics, language policy and planning.
About the course
Extend your knowledge of Hispanic language and culture with this structured but flexible course.
There are taught modules and optional tailor-made directed reading modules. The course includes research training, supervised study on a specialised linguistic, literary, cultural or social topic related to your other chosen areas, and a dissertation.
We also offer introductory courses in Portuguese and Catalan.
Supervised by an academic, you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
Graduates work in advertising, arts administration, higher education, translating and interpreting.
Facilities and resources
We're based in a new, specially designed building, with modern facilities for teaching and research. Our regular research seminars, conferences and study days give you the chance to keep up with innovative thinking and research.
You'll have access to all the materials you'd expect from a major research university, including an extensive collection of Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan-language literature and films, newspapers and periodicals.
We're very strong on Latin American literature, culture and society, contemporary Spanish culture and society and nineteenth-century Spanish literature – with a major research project on Pérez Galdós.
We specialise in Catalan studies, and the modern literature and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world. We also have expertise in contemporary Spanish politics and the novel, and Hispanic linguistics, language policy and planning.
Professor Philip Swanson
Latin American literature and culture.
Major research focus:
The evolution of fiction in Latin America, seeking to identify patterns of change and reasons for them.
The uses made of novelist Isabel Allende by various interest groups. Also working on a project on representations of Latin America, looking at the way in which the subcontinent has been recreated in the Western imagination via travel, consumption, cinema and mass culture.
Published extensively on Latin American fiction, including books on the New Novel, José Donoso and Gabriel García Márquez. His latest publication is The Cambridge Companion to Gabriel García Márquez, to which he contributed and also coordinated.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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