What Will You Study

Spanish Studies is taught by the Department of European Languages and Cultures, and ranks 5th in the Complete University guide, 2017.  Our distinctive approach gives you the opportunity to acquire both high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of Spanish cultures and societies within a global context.  

Your first year comprises an exploration of the Spanish language and its cultural context.  Alongside this, you will study two minor subjects of your choice, one of which may be another language.

Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will also study Spain’s culture, politics and history in more depth, as well as selecting courses which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond.

Spending your third year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement.

In your final year, you consolidate your Spanish language skills, and study specialist culture and comparative courses, such as ‘Game of (Spanish) Thrones: Treachery, War and Exile in Spanish Poetry (13th-20th c.)’, and ‘Writing in the Margins: Narrating Cross-Cultural Experience’. You will also develop a particular topic from your second year studies into your specialist dissertation.