Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will 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. You will study in our award'winning International Building at the heart of the Egham campus. You will use our excellent language learning materials that include complex simulations designed to reflect real'life situations through extended role'play. You can choose from a wide range of exciting courses covering literature, film and cultural studies, visual arts, history and society. You will benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in a Spanish'speaking environment. You can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement. We have an increasing number of strong links with universities across Spain and Latin America. You will enjoy easy access to London's vast wealth of film and visual arts resources, from small collections to national museums, libraries and film institutes. You will acquire the kind of critical, communication and leadership skills that are highly valued by prospective employers.

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. Visual Cultures Year 1: visual arts 1 (artists and their material); international film 1 (contexts and practices); birth of film; a special theme in European culture: the city; the visual image in French culture and society; text and image in the Hispanic world; culture and identity in Latin America; re'mapping the Amexicano border in visual culture; Italian art (Giotto to Arte Povera). Year 2: visual arts 2 (genre and movements); international film 2 (readings and representations); cinema in France (from modernism to the postmodern); the illustrated text in France; post'war Italian cinema; art and culture in renaissance Florence; renaissance transgressions; representations of childhood and youth in modern German culture; constructing identity in contemporary Spanish film; 20th'century Mexican visual arts and film; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: transnationalism, diaspora and globalisation in contemporary film; visual arts dissertation; from aestheticism to the avant'garde; image, identity and consumer culture in post'war fiction and film; text and image in France (cubism to the present); ethics and violence (murder, suicide and genocide in literature and film); wanton women (artists and writers of the French avant'garde); blindness and vision in French culture; shooting history (dictatorship, terror and crime in Italian fiction); Italian fashion and design; dream factories (recent German film).

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:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • 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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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

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 22%

Total Coursework: 50%

Total Practical: 28%

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

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