Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Study with academics who bring the latest and most exciting ideas to their teaching. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the Spanish Department achieved the highest score in the country for our 4* 'world'leading' research publications. Our approach to the study of the culture of the Hispanic world combines interactive seminar with elements of the more traditional university lecture. The School of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. Philosophy tutors have research expertise in a wide range of subjects. You will have the opportunity to access key philosophical ideas and debates that will enhance all your studies. You will spend a year abroad and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement. We have strong links with major universities in Spain and Latin America.

Course Modules

Spanish Year 1: intensive Spanish or Spanish 1 or Spanish 2. optional modules: introduction to translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English; text and image in the Hispanic world; culture and identity in Latin America; re'mapping the Amexicano border in visual culture; authors and readers in 20th century Spanish American fiction; comparative Hispanic culture. Year 2: intensive Spanish 2 or Spanish 2; principles and practice of translation (Spanish to English); principles and practice of Spanish translation. optional modules: constructing identity in contemporary Spanish film; myths of the feminine in the Spanish novel; 20th century Mexican visual arts and film; religion and society in the 16th' and 17th century Hispanic world; love in the contemporary Spanish American novel; the Romancero (the Spanish ballad tradition from the Reconquista to Lorca). Year 3: placement year. Year 4: Spanish 3. optional modules: advanced literary translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish; research project; short fiction by Spanish woman writers; contemporary Mexican cinema; Spanish American literature (an overview); dissertation; Don Quixote (the text and its contexts); literature and conflict in 20th 'century Latin America; the gothic mode in Spanish and English fiction. Philosophy Year 1: introduction to ancient philosophy; introduction to modern philosophy; epistemology and metaphysics; introduction to aesthetics and morals; mind and consciousness; introduction to logic. Year 2: introduction to European philosophy 1 (from Kant to Hegel); mind and world; introduction to European philosophy 2 (the critique of idealism); philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; modern political thought; contemporary political theory. Year 3: modern European philosophy 1 (from Husserl to Heidegger); modern European philosophy 2 (poststructuralism and its critics); recovering reality; philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; literature and philosophy; key thinkers; radical political theory; the politics of toleration; social justice: from theory to practice; issues in democratic theory.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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93% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 84%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 84%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 68%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 44
Studying 39
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 11
Unknown 3

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 19%

Total Coursework: 55%

Total Practical: 26%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation