At a glance
- Study as a complete beginner, or from GCSE, and reach degree standard by the end of your course
- Immerse yourself in the life-changing opportunities of a year abroad, supported by our specialist team
- 97% of our research was classed as being of international quality in terms of ‘originality, significance and rigour’*
* Research Excellence Framework, 2014
What is Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies?
Teaching and research in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Nottingham reflects the cultural, historical and linguistic diversity of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds in both teaching and research. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is the home of the UK’s leading research centre on Cuba. Our degrees encompass the study of the Spanish and Portuguese languages, along with the literature, cinema, painting, history and cultural history of Spain, Portugal, Spanish America, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa. Spanish is now the second most widely spoken international language after English, and Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world.
How will I study?
Lectures and seminars are the basic methods of teaching, and seminar work increases as the course progresses. Teaching is informed by the latest research developments.
Staff research specialisms are wide-ranging and include the history and politics of modern and contemporary Cuba, Spain and Brazil; Latin American cultural theory and history; and the literature and visual culture of Spain and Portugal since the Renaissance in Latin, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and Castilian.
Almost all our language teachers are native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese. During your time here, you will find yourself immersed in the languages, and, at the end of most of our degrees, you will have perfected your command of at least one language. The Hispanic Society organises many cultural events, including Spanish and Portuguese conversation encounters with groups of visiting undergraduates from Spain and Portugal.
Most modules are assessed either by exam or by a combination of exam and coursework. You must pass the first year but your marks do not count towards your final degree. Grades obtained in years two and four make up your degree classification.
A languages degree offers proven skills in one or more languages and experience of living in one or more foreign cultures, as well as the intellectual training of an arts degree. It is therefore no surprise that employment rates among our graduates have been consistently high. Our students have been successful in securing employment in a variety of occupations in the business world, in banking and insurance, and in the legal profession.
In 2016, 94.2% of undergraduates in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,336 with the highest being £31,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Your third academic year is spent in Spain and/or Spanish America doing one of the following:
- studying at a university
- working as a language teaching assistant
- doing a work placement.
If you intend to carry on with Portuguese after year two you may also spend the year in Portugal and/or Brazil.
Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. For more information, see our Year Abroad page and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies statement on Brexit and our year abroad provision.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without interview. Applicants with non-standard entry requirements, including mature students, may be invited to an interview.
UCAS visit days for students offered a place are normally held from February to late March. You are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us or for dates of our open days visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays