Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering both single and joint honours language programmes which all take four years to complete, including a year abroad.

  • If you’re studying two languages, you’ll divide your time abroad between countries relevant to each language, further building your skills and experience.

  • International culture flourishes here, with a thriving Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies, numerous Hispanic student societies, a creative writing magazine for European languages, and an annual, student-led 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 Extepare Basque Institute.

  • Our teaching staff are also highly active researchers, passing on to you the same passion and world-class expertise that gained excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In modern languages and linguistics, 70 per cent of our research was rated either world-leading or internationally excellent on the overall quality profile, following a joint submission with Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Study abroad

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 Mills 3rd year MA (Hons) Spanish & Portuguese
Albie Mills 3rd year MA (Hons) Spanish & Portuguese

Introducing Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

The twenty countries where Spanish is an official language, and the nine where Portuguese is 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 around the world, explored in its historical context, from medieval to contemporary times.

You can take a single honours programme in either Spanish or Portuguese, combine both languages in a joint 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 either language to degree level with us. Our staff, many of whom are native speakers, are experienced in the accelerated teaching of language skills. We also offer courses in Catalan and Basque.

You’ll 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’ll 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.


Studying Spanish at Edinburgh encompasses the study not only of the language but also of Hispanic culture and history. Our resources and our expertise will give you privileged access to all major areas of Spanish language and Hispanic culture, from Catalonia to Argentina and from Latin American indigenous film-making to linguistics.


Portuguese is one of the world's most important languages, spoken in Europe, South America, and Africa. Your studies will encompass learning about the culture of the Portuguese-speaking world, in particular, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Portugal.