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Spanish and Latin American Studies (Graduate Diploma)

Spanish and Latin American Studies (Graduate Diploma)

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Qualification type

Graduate Diploma

Subject areas

Spanish Language Latin American Spanish Spain Studies American Studies

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Course Summary


Our Graduate Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Studies is ideal if you wish to familiarise yourself with and understand the rich cultural histories of Spain and Latin America, including Brazil, while also improving your Spanish and your research and study skills.

The course has been designed for those who want to refresh their knowledge of Spanish and Latin American studies, including Brazilian studies, in preparation for a Master's degree, particularly if you have taken a break from studying and need to refamiliarise yourself with the field, or if you have a degree in a different but relevant subject area. The course will also suit international students who want to deepen their knowledge of Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American cultures while experiencing life and study in the UK, as well as teachers who want to refresh and deepen their knowledge, but who do not necessarily want to undertake a full MA quite yet.

This course will help you reinforce your Spanish language skills at an advanced level and develop your analytical and critical skills in the study of Spanish and Latin American cultural forms, including art, film, history, literature, urban studies and linguistics. You will learn the latest theoretical approaches to cultural critique and explore a wide range of cultural forms within their social and historical contexts.

This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits).


The Final-Year Project is a research module that allows you to explore in depth a topic of your interest, normally over the course of your final year. It has equal weight as a full 30-credit module and it is not taught. For this project, you are required to undertake work equivalent to that required for a full year's module. The topic is selected by you in consultation with a lecturer, who has also agreed to act as your supervisor.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) in an appropriate subject and will be expected to have language skills in Spanish equivalent to a high A-level or A-level + one year, or C1 (CEFR).

University information

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