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Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Welcome to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese!

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is one of the largest in the UK, and has been ranked as one of the most outstanding for teaching and research. The Department 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.

The Department has 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 the Department, please see our dedicated information for MPhil and PhD students. We very much welcome enquiries from prospective students at all levels.

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Cambridge Hispanic and Lusophone Research Seminars (CHLRS)

1 July 2016

The CHLRS is a seminar for staff, graduate (and where relevant undergraduate) students at which papers are given by graduate students, members of staff, and speakers from outside Cambridge. All graduate students in the Spanish and Portuguese Department are expected to attend. On this event listing you will find the programme for upcoming and recently held seminars of the CHLRS.

Centre of Latin American Studies Seminars

30 June 2016

You can find the programme for this year on this event listing.

Español ab initio: V Certamen de Poesía

23 May 2016

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is proud to announce the winners of this year's ab initio Poetry Contest: they are Jenny O'Sullivan (Primer Premio) and Callum Jessop (Finalista). Nuestra más cálida enhorabuena a los dos. Please take a moment to read their poems here .