Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree offers the possibility of following advanced study in the histories of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American cultures in the light of contemporary theoretical developments in the fields of literature, cultural studies, cultural geography, film and the history of art and media. You may specialise in either Spain and Portugal or Latin America, as well as in different historical periods and media, or combine interests. We are committed to a continual rethinking of the fields we research and the subjects we teach, creatively and critically. Our international staff specialise in diverse aspects of cultural history and critique, with a strong emphasis not only on the literary and linguistic but also the audiovisual expression of Latin America and the Iberian peninsula past and present.

Course Modules

You take 2 core theory modules (30 credits each), 2 option modules (30 credits each) and a research skills module, and write a dissertation (60 credits). You can also take an optional dissertation workshop. If you wish, one of your options may be chosen from another relevant MA programme at Birkbeck, or you can instead undertake a module of directed reading. Core modules: Theory 1: Cultural history/visual culture; theory 2: Cultural critique. Option modules: Anatomy, dissection and art in early modern Spain; childhood culture in modern Spain; cities and cultures; contemporary Latin American fiction; crisis in Portuguese cinema; Latin American cinemas; Latin Americanism, empire and cultural studies; literature and dictatorship in Latin America; Portuguese modernism: Fernando Pessoa and beyond; power and control in Spanish golden age art; questions of representation in modern Spanish culture; Spanish pragmatics; the Latin American Neo'Baroque.

Course Additional Entry

First or second'class BA honours degree with Spanish or Portuguese as a main component, though other applicants considered (degree'level Spanish or Portuguese is normally required). 2 letters of reference and a sample of written work in support of the application normally required. A qualifying essay in English, Spanish or Portuguese may be requested. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,375  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £5,375  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MRes £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MRes £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees