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Portuguese Studies

Portuguese is the official language of nine countries across four continents, and is spoken by over 200 million people. Portugal, Brazil and the rest of the Lusophone world are home to a range of art, culture and traditions which include the vibrancy of the carnaval, the architecture of Niemayer and the literature of Pessoa and Lispector.

Knowledge of the Portuguese language assumes an increasing significance as the 21st century progresses, not least thanks to the development of the Brazilian economy. The richness of literature in Portuguese, as well as the political and cultural history of the entire Lusophone world, make Portuguese Studies an important field of academic study.

Portuguese Studies at Sheffield

Portuguese Studies has been taught at Sheffield since the 1940s, and has developed a strong record of teaching and research as part of the Hispanic Studies department.

Portuguese DinnerPortuguese Studies is a popular choice at Sheffield, which is reflected in the lively, friendly atmosphere within the department. Beyond the classroom, we hold an annual Portuguese dinner to which Portuguese speaking members of the local community are invited, and also an annual football match against Catalan Studies in which both staff and students participate.

Whether you begin at Level 1 or Level 2, you will be given the tools for rapid acquisition of the Portuguese language.  The range of expertise among our staff means that in addition to developing your language skills, you will engage with the variety of cultures which make up the Portuguese-speaking world. Through key cultural and political texts, you will examine the intercultural relationship, and the social debates, between societies and cultures across the Lusophone world.

Specialising in Portuguese

Portuguese can be studied at all undergraduate levels (and may be taken at Beginners' level in either the first or the second year of the course); classes incorporate culture as well as spoken and written language.

Additionally Portuguese can be studied at MA level as part of a Hispanic Studies Masters, as well as MPhil/PhD.

Portuguese as part of another degree

Portuguese can be studied as part of a degree in Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages, Combined Honours - Triple, or as an additional subject for Single Honours students of other Modern Languages (via free credits).

Portuguese links at home and abroad

Our links with universities in Portugal give you the chance to develop an authentic understanding of Portuguese language and culture.

We have links with the universities of Porto and Coimbra in Portugal and there is the opportunity to study at one of these universities as part of your year abroad.

Many students arrange year abroad study or voluntary work in Brazil. Recent examples include voluntary work in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, and study in São Paulo and Manaus.


To find out more about Portugese Studies please get in touch with Dr Carmen M. Ramos Villar.

email : c.ramosvillar@sheffield.ac.uk