Research Degrees

The Department of Hispanic Studies has a lively and vibrant postgraduate community. Research students take part in departmental seminars, organize reading groups, as well as playing key roles in events such as the annual Spanish Play and Hispanic Studies Concert.

The department offers PhD/MPhil supervision on a wide range of topics, including Spanish literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, Spanish linguistics, Latin American literature, society and politics, US/Latin American relations, Mexican drug wars and much more.

Students taking research degrees in the Department of Hispanic Studies work closely with their supervisors, while also developing research skills by presenting papers at the department’s research seminar series, attending conferences, and engaging with the University’s Doctoral Development Programme.

Students wishing to undertake doctoral study normally contact their potential supervisor in the first instance. For details of the research interests of staff members, please click on their individual pages here.

Here are some examples of recently completed theses:Salar de Uyuni, Bolivi

  • Wealth, Poverty and Social Mobility in Restoration Spain: A Critique of Liberal Society in the Novelas contemporáneas of Benito Pérez Galdós
  • Creative Encounters with Menstruation in Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Women’s Writing
  • Reproducing Imperial Visions of Bolivia? The personal, the cultural and the economic in the British and Bolivian press
  • Seriously Funny: Towards an Interpretative Framework for an Analysis of Catalan Satirical Cartoons in the Twentieth Century
  • The Representation of Banditry in Latin America
  • Education and the Genesis of El doctor Centeno by Benito Pérez Galdós
  • The Pursuit of Solidarity in the Novels of Belén Gopegui
  • Peruvian Cinema, National Identity and Political Violence, 1988-2004
  • Teresa Margolles' aesthetic of death

Further information about postgraduate study at the University of Sheffield can be found here.

Entry requirements

Admission for MPhil/PhD is normally on the basis of consideration of a research proposal of 400-500 words, a sample or samples of recent written work, and (where possible) an informal interview. Applicants normally hold an MA or equivalent in a field of Hispanic Studies. For further information about entry requirements or the application process, please contact Caroline Wordley ( and see the electronic application form here.

International students will be required to demonstrate a good level of spoken and written English. The minimum required is Academic IELTS with a score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component), TOEFL iBT with a score of 95 or Pearson PTE with a score of 67, language test.