Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Undergraduate study | Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Take a single honours degree in either Spanish or Portuguese, combine both in a joint degree, or take either with one of a wide range of other subjects.

Why study Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in Edinburgh?

The many countries in which Spanish or Portuguese are spoken have fascinatingly rich and varied cultures. Studying one or both languages with us is your gateway to an extraordinary range of literature, film and theatre from Europe, Latin America and Africa, explored in its historical context, from medieval to contemporary times.

Our University is ranked third in the UK, and 12th in the world, for Modern Languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. In addition to Portuguese and Spanish (which celebrated its centenary at Edinburgh in 2019), we also offer courses in Catalan and Basque, all taught by friendly, knowledgeable staff using great resources.

International culture flourishes here, with a Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies, numerous Hispanic student societies, a creative writing magazine for European Languages, and an annual Spanish Play. Our in-house Portuguese Language Centre is sponsored by the Camões Institute, and we have very close links with local schools, the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh and the Etxepare Basque Institute. 

You’ll be based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh in a world-leading festival city with fantastic cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, and established communities of Spanish and Portuguese speakers. The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival was started by our staff and, now in its seventh year, is a regular fixture in the city’s extensive cultural calendar.

The importance of Latin America is undoubtedly going to rise. Countries like Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina have such huge geopolitical importance it is hard to ignore their role in the future global economy.

Albie MillsMA (Hons) Spanish and Portuguese student

Your learning at a glance

  • You can take a single honours programme in either Spanish or Portuguese, combine both languages in a joint honours programme, or study either language with one of a wide range of other subjects. 
  • It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner, you can study each language to degree level with us. Our staff, many of whom are native speakers, are experienced in the accelerated teaching of language skills and you’ll progress in no time.
  • You’ll complete a four-year MA degree, with your third year spent in full, or in part, in a country where Spanish or Portuguese is spoken.
  • You’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in your first two years, and specialise thereafter. Our expertise ranges from the literatures, cultures and art of the Iberian Peninsula, to those of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Portuguese-speaking Africa.
  • You’ll be based in Edinburgh’s historic centre, close to the Main University Library and the National Library of Scotland, with access to fantastic language learning facilities and collections.

The year abroad not only allowed me to perfect my Spanish to the point where the Chileans thought I was native, but also gave me the opportunity to meet the most wonderful people and learn about another culture.

Scarlett PharoahMA (Hons) Spanish graduate

This information was last updated in April 2020 for prospective students wishing to start studying with us in September 2021. 

What and how you’ll study

Degree combinations, teaching methods, and a year-by-year guide to your learning.

Where might your degree take you?

Career opportunities for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies graduates.

Find out more and apply

There’s lots of information about our undergraduate programmes on the University of Edinburgh website. For example, you can find out about entrance requirements, English language requirements, fees, and funding opportunities.

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If you’d like to study on any of our undergraduate programmes, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

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Visit us

Our undergraduate Open Days are a great chance to find out about student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best: our students and staff. Our next Open Days will be for students wishing to start their undergraduate degree in 2021. The Open Days scheduled for 26th September and 10th October 2020 are currently still planned to go ahead. The University is also working to develop an online alternative for prospective students thinking about starting university in 2021.

Keep up to date with Open Day information on the University of Edinburgh website 

Student representation

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