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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese very much welcomes PhD students. We are one of the largest Hispanic and Lusophone departments in the UK, and one of the most highly ranked departments for research. 

The members of our Department specialise in a broad variety of topics and areas of research. They are some of the leading experts in topics such as Medieval studies, Golden Age, Modern Peninsular, Latin American, Catalan culture, Hispanic Linguistics, Lusophone literature and art. Between them they have offered superision in research for the PhD on an exciting range of topics, and welcome enquiries from potential research students.

Student response to our programme has been enthusiastic throughout the years and we have provided a unique training to support the personal and academic development of many young scholars who are currently holding academic jobs in different centres in the UK and abroad. 

Postgraduates here enjoy the facilities of one of the most important University Libraries of the country. In addition to this, it should be noted that there are several funding opportunities to support their research, both through the University and the Colleges: AHRC-funded Studentships; Gibson Spanish Scholarship (up to £3,000); J B Trend Travel Fund (travel grants); the Santander Mobility Grants (travel grants). 


Please see our current PhD students and former students' testimonials.