“The Department of Hispanic Studies manages to provide a supportive and stimulating academic environment in which to study, and is also a friendly and sociable department, which helps students to maintain a good work/life balance.”

“The best thing about studying as a postgraduate at Sheffield is the combination of being in a friendly and supportive environment whilst still being part of an academic atmosphere that is varied and challenging. I really feel like I'm part of a community and I know that I could approach any of the staff members, academic or otherwise, with a question and they would try to help me. The more I come across different people in academia, the more I realise the quality of the staff at Sheffield. Also, I like the fact that there is a balance between younger and older members of staff and also between Hispanic specialists and Latin American ones.”

“I benefitted from the support and expertise of the staff at Sheffield during my Masters year. I enjoyed the opportunity to determine the direction of my own studies, and this was a key factor both in the success of my MA degree and in my decision to read for a PhD. I was also given excellent practical support and advice when applying for PhD courses and for funding. Furthermore my PhD supervisors are experts in the field of my research, meaning advice and direction is always available when I need it. For all these reasons it was a natural choice to place Sheffield at the top of my list when deciding where to read for my PhD.”

“The DDP (Doctoral Development Programme) provides me with the opportunity to develop competencies associated with my research, and also skills that will be invaluable in seeking and securing employment in the future. Whilst some aspects of the DDP are common to all researchers (e.g. Research Ethics and Integrity), the Programme is designed to meet my own specific developmental needs, and I have been encouraged to select from a wide range of modules based on a Training Needs Analysis which I wrote with the help of my supervisors.”

"Having particularly enjoyed studying modules on Latin American politics and culture at the University of Sheffield for my BA, it was a natural decision to study for an MA in Latin American Studies at the same university. The course was really flexible and allowed me to explore a diverse range of subjects and regions, while I was also challenged to study interesting areas that I had not previously considered. The tutors always went out of their way to support and challenge me. The opportunity to study two modules in applied language (Translation Studies) also enriched my MA experience. After completing the MA, I found that my training in research methods and my increased ability to analyse information were appealing qualities for employers, and my more specialised area of study gave me an edge against competing applicants."