Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 2,625 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 6,460 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Credits: 180
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
  • Spanish
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time
More information: Go to university website
Intensity: Flexible
Part-time variant: Flexible

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The taught MA programmes in Hispanic Studies at Kent allow you to take a full MA in Modern Hispanic Studies or to combine your interest in Hispanic Studies with the study of other European literatures on the MA in Hispanic and Comparative Literature.

The MA in Modern Hispanic Studies leads you towards a better understanding of modern Hispanic society and its culture.It consists of two parts: a literary element, taught in conjunction with the MA in Hispanic and Comparative Literature, and a cultural element which is particular to this programme. The MA in Hispanic and Comparative Literature helps you acquire a deeper conceptual awareness of the function and role of literature in Spain, and assess and evaluate it within a wider European context.

The staff who teach the core modules in Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature are all based in the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and are actively engaged in research in the topics covered on the modules. We hope you enjoy studying with us and that, by the end of the programme, you feel you have developed your knowledge and critical understanding of modern Spain and Latin America. There are opportunities to continue researching in Hispanic Studies when you have completed your MA and we would be happy to discuss this possibility with you.


This programme provides you with a good understanding of modern Spanish and Spanish- American society. It consists of two parts: a literary element, which is taught in conjunction with the MA in Hispanic and Comparative Literature, and a cultural element which is a distinctive part of this MA. We teach all subject options in Spanish, but accept written work in both English and Spanish.


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.

LS805 - Modern Spanish Art, Music and Popular Culture

LS809 - Myth, Image, Fashion and Propaganda in the Cuban Revolutionary Era

LS998 - Spanish Dissertation


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

Learning outcomes

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.

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.


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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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