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Hispanic Studies

Hispanic Studies at Exeter is one of only a few Hispanic departments in the UK to offer a full range of teaching in the wider subject, from Spanish linguistics and dialectology to contemporary Spanish women’s writing, modern Peruvian culture, and contemporary Spanish film.

Study of canonical writers like Galdós and Vargas Llosa is complemented by our commitment to cutting-edge new topics like the recovery of historical memory.

We offer language modules in Portuguese and Catalan as well as Castilian Spanish. Identified pathways allow undergraduates to develop interests in specific areas throughout the BA programme. Modules at final-year level are research-led and taught by internationally recognised specialists in the field. Our language modules are consistently commended by external examiners for their imaginative teaching and intellectual rigour.

Translation Studies forms a major component of our curriculum and we are involved in a flourishing MA programme.

Spanish is one of the world's major languages, with 350 million native speakers in 21 Spanish-speaking countries. Spain has the fifth largest population in the European Union and also the fifth largest economy. Because of its importance commercially, and as the language of cultures on both sides of the Atlantic which few can rival, Spanish is one of the most valuable and exciting languages you can learn. It can be picked up relatively easily from scratch, particularly if you have already studied French.

You can study Hispanic through three pathways

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Modern Languages at Exeter ranks among the top UK institutions for student satisfaction, teaching and research. We offer excellent programmes and boast a Foreign Language Centre with state-of-the-art language-learning facilities. Our MA in Translation is taught by published literary translators, experienced practitioners and specialists in the use of computer-aided translation tools, helping prepare our students to undertake further study and become professional linguists. All teaching is directly related to our research. Modern languages postgraduates benefit from regular research seminars and scholars of international repute are frequent visitors.

Our research, and research supervision, ranges across a wide variety of disciplines including European Literature and Culture, Film, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, and Translation, and reaches across time from the medieval to the contemporary.

Our research-active academic staff, supported by a team of language teachers which includes native-speaker teachers, are highly successful in winning prestigious research awards from funding bodies including the AHRC, British Academy, EU, Leverhulme, and Marie-Curie.

Postgraduate taught programmes

Postgraduate research

Our research in Hispanic Studies at Exeter is outward-looking, with significant and evolving national and international links. We are engaged in collaborative projects, involving colleagues from other UK and Spanish universities.

Research interests

  • 20th Century Spanish women’s writing
  • Spanish Cinema
  • Spanish Modernist fiction
  • Spanish Romanticism
  • The environment in Latin America
  • The recovery of historical memory in Spain

Research projects