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Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Welcome to Spanish and Portuguese!

The Spanish and Portuguese section is one of the largest in the UK, and has been ranked as one of the most outstanding for teaching and research. It is a lively and friendly community of undergraduates, postgraduates (masters and doctoral students), researchers and lecturers with interests ranging from the cultures and history of Catalonia, Portugal and Spain, to those of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico amongst others.

Particular research interests of staff are in fields as diverse as film and media studies, modern Peninsular and cultural studies, Portuguese and Brazilian literature and visual arts, translation theory, syntax of the Romance languages, contemporary Catalan culture, Medieval and Golden Age studies, and Latin American literature, film and visual arts.

There are approximately 400 undergraduates (across all years) and 14 postgraduate students who conduct their research under the supervision of senior members of staff. Most teaching is undertaken in small groups (supervisions), and as a student here (at any level) you will have frequent opportunities to discuss your work with teaching staff, often on a one-to-one basis.

If you are interested in studying here as an undergraduate, you may like to read the information about applying and attend one of our Faculty Open Days. If you wish to undertake postgraduate research in Spanish & Portuguese, please see our dedicated information for MPhil and PhD students. We very much welcome enquiries from prospective students at all levels.


Please note: The Lecture List for 2017/18 will be uploaded in September and we will also then update the link to the University Online Timetable for this coming year.

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Latest News

Limits and Extensions of the Subject in Contemporary Iberian Culture

25 April 2017

The notion of the subject has a long tradition in the fields of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, sociology and cultural studies. Join us for a fascinating conference exploring the limits and extensions of the subject in contemporary Iberian culture at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge 14-16 July.

Cambridge Portuguese Day

25 April 2017

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese joins forces with the Instituto Camões to offer an exciting opportunity for Year 11 and Year 12 students to find out what it is like to learn the language and culture of Portuguese-speaking countries in a Higher Education setting.