Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This is an innovative, flexible and sophisticated degree from the University of London, internationally recognized for academic excellence. The course offers an exceptional range of core courses and options, taught by leading specialists. You will explore world literature as well as film and the visual arts from a broad, cross'cultural perspective. Study with academics who bring the latest and most exciting ideas to their teaching. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), The Spanish department achieved the highest score in the country for our 4* 'world'leading' research publications. The School of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. You will expand your cultural horizons, and develop skills of comparative analysis which can be applied to countless other areas. 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 an increasing number of links with universities across Spain and Latin America.

Course Modules

Comparative Literature and Culture Year 1: reading European film 1; introduction to comparative textual analysis; a special theme in European culture: the city; introduction to literary genre (tragedy). Year 2: histories of representation; critical and comparative approaches. Optional courses: reading European film 2; a special theme in the novel (transgressions); introduction to 19th' and 20th'century European poetry; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: from aestheticism to the avant'garde; the gothic mode in Spanish and English fiction; trends in contemporary theory; fantasy in medieval and early'modern Europe; transnational cinema; range of optional units. Hispanic Studies 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.

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 BBB-ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBCC-ABBBCC
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher AABBB

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82% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 89%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 90%
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 55
Studying 25
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 5

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 20%

Total Coursework: 60%

Total Practical: 20%

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

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