Modern Hispanic Studies, M.A.

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  • 24 months
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  • English, Spanish (take IELTS)
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On the MA in Modern Hispanic Studies from the University of Kent you engage with the breadth of cultures across the Spanish-speaking world, combining the study of literature with broader cultural themes.


Modern Hispanic Studies at University of Kent is concerned with the culture and literature of the Spanish-speaking world, whether in Europe or Latin America, as well as engaging with related Iberian cultures and languages, namely Portuguese and Catalan. The literary component of this MA programme is taught in conjunction with the Department of Comparative Literature, while the cultural component of the course benefits from the diverse expertise of staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies.

Kent provides an ideal location in which to study Spanish and Catalan culture; our Canterbury campus is close to mainland European, with convenient access to the Eurostar terminal at Ashford.

This programme is only currently available for part-time study. The programme is ideal for students of modern languages wishing to take their study further, students of literature wanting to gain an international perspective, or anyone interested in the cultures emerging from the world’s most widely spoken language.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, modern languages and linguistics was ranked 3rd for research quality, 3rd for research output and in the top 20 for research intensity, research impact and research power in the UK.

Our submission was the highest ranked nationally to include modern languages – a testament to our position as the UK’s European university. An impressive 100% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

Programme Structure


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

  • Modern Spanish Art, Music and Popular Culture
  • Myth, Image, Fashion and Propaganda in the Cuban Revolutionary Era
  • Spanish Dissertation

Assessment is by 4-6,000 words of written work per module and the dissertation.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • build on proficiencies in spoken and written Spanish
  • enable you to explore areas of modern Hispanic culture in depth
  • develop a critical awareness of these areas
  • introduce various methodological approaches
  • provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • provide a means of access to intercultural awareness and understanding
  • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector
  • develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of situations
  • reinforce Spanish language skills.
Learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding in:

  • twentieth-century Spanish literature
  • twentieth -century Spanish art, music and popular culture
  • Spanish avant-garde
  • Spanish cinema
  • twentieth-century Spanish history
  • literature, visual arts and identity in twentieth-century Spanish America.
Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • how to develop the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
  • how to evaluate information critically
  • how to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject
  • how to utilise problem-solving skills
  • how to utilise communication skills for the coherent expression and transfer of knowledge
  • how to analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of types of evidence in a critical manner
  • how to study and reach conclusions independently.
Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • developing your reading speed in Spanish
  • developing your detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the various structures and registers of Spanish
  • analysing critically a variety of texts and artistic products including literary texts, historical texts, art works and music
  • refining skills in these two related areas: reception (listening and reading), production (speaking and writing)
  • communicating effectively in Spanish (optional).
Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
  • evaluate your own advanced academic performance
  • utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations
  • refine accurate and effective note-taking and summarising skills
  • library and bibliographical research skills
  • take responsibility for your personal and professional learning and development
  • manage time and prioritise workloads, think and perform under pressure
  • leadership abilities
  • work creatively and flexibly
  • deploy a range of information technology skills effectively, such as word processing text with footnotes, basic formatting, using email, searching databases and text files, navigating the world wide web.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    90 ECTS 180 alternative credits
    • Total Kent credits: 180
    • Total ECTS credits: 90
  • Languages
    • English
    • Spanish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject (eg Hispanic Studies) or equivalent and a good working level of Spanish.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 7340 International
  • GBP 3250 EU/EEA


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