2022 entry

Subject area: Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Why choose Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working. If you’re taking Spanish and Portuguese, or one of the two with another language, you’ll divide your year abroad between two countries, further broadening your skills and experience.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 13th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

  • 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 Centro de Língua Portuguesa is sponsored by the Instituto Camões, and we have very close links with local schools, the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh and the Etxepare Basque Institute.

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The wonderfully helpful and passionate staff I have had the opportunity to learn from during my degree programme of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh have been truly invaluable. In combination with the captivating and challenging course content, there is no doubt that by the end of my degree I will have developed a strong linguistic skill set essential for my future.

Ian 2nd year MA (Hons) Spanish and Portuguese
Ian 2nd year MA (Hons) Spanish and Portuguese

Introducing Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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.

You can take a single honours degree 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. We also offer courses in Catalan and Basque.

You will engage with a broad range of subjects in Years 1 and 2, then 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 will be based at the heart of the University, 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 is a regular fixture in the city's extensive cultural calendar.