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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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Latest News

Spanish author Santiago Posteguillo in Cambridge: Seminars on writing a historical novel

8 November 2016

The department of Spanish and Portuguese was delighted to welcome Dr Santiago Posteguillo, a bestselling author who has published to great critical acclaim several historical novels set in Ancient Rome: a trilogy on the figure of Scipio Africanus (2006-2009) and a trilogy on emperor Trajan (2011-2016). He has also...

VI Jornades Marçalianes

24 October 2016

VI Jornades Marçalianes: ‘Dolor de ser i no ser tu: desig’. Friday 11 November, Emmanuel College , University of Cambridge. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is delighted to be hosting a symposium on the Catalan writer, teacher, translator and activist Maria-Mercè Marçal at Emmanuel College , Cambridge on Friday 11...