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. The Music Department received the highest rating for research in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). You will have access to major performance spaces on campus as well as several music technology spaces with the latest industry'standard hardware and software. 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. Music Year 1: theory and analysis; practical musicianship; creative composition techniques; practical composition skills; a very short history of music; introduction to historical musicology; introduction to world music; contemporary debates in music; solo performance; creative ensemble performance. Year 2: studies in music analysis; studies in composition; studies in music history; studies in ethnomusicology; studies in music, media and technology; practical performance. Year 3: composition; musicology; theory and analysis; performance.

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

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92% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 92%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 82%

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

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 25
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 10

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 24%

Total Coursework: 50%

Total Practical: 26%

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

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