Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies


Research projects, centres and networks in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

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Research excellence

In the latest Research Excellence Framework - REF 2021 - our research in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies was submitted in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Panel D - Arts and Humanities; Unit of Assessment 26).

The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK.

As published in Times Higher Education's REF power ratings, this result is based on the quality and breadth of our research in Modern Languages and Linguistics. 

Read more about our School's performance in REF 2021 

Browse Edinburgh Research Explorer for staff profiles, research outputs and activities

Selected research centres and networks

Research centres and networks range from formal collaborations to informal groups of researchers working together on a theme or challenge.

A number are based in - or are affiliated with - Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS); others are based elsewhere in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), the University of Edinburgh, or the wider academic community, but involve our staff and students.

The groups provide opportunities for researchers at all career stages to work together with partners and stakeholders in organising events, workshopping publications, engaging audiences outside the academy, and exploring ideas for future projects and funding bids.

Selected research projects

Postgraduate research and supervision

Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to make an original, positive contribution to research in Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies (SPLAS).

Join our interdisciplinary community and undertake your PhD under the guidance of our experienced and well-published supervisors. We also offer a one year Masters by Research degree, which is a good stepping stone between undergraduate and doctoral study.

Spanish was formally added to the University’s curriculum in 1919 and, in over a century since, has developed into one of the best-established subject areas of its kind in the UK, with teaching and research in Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish and Latin American studies.

Find out more about postgraduate research in SPLAS

Read our pre-application guidance on writing a PhD research proposal

Beyond the books

Beyond the Books is a podcast that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and the people who make it happen. 

In Series 2 - Episode 4 host Emma Aviet talked to Dr Isabel Seguí, a (then) Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. Together they discussed Isabel's research on Women’s Nonfiction Filmmaking in Peru, as well as her journey into academia and to securing her Fellowship for 2020 to 2023.

Listen to Series 2 - Episode 4 of Beyond the Books on MediaHopper

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