M.A. Hispanic Studies

University College Cork | Cork , Ireland
The MA in Hispanic Studies provides graduates in Spanish with an opportunity to develop their language skills and deepen their understanding of the cultures of the Hispanic world.



The MA in Hispanic Studies (1 year full-time - CKE41) and (2 year part-time CKE85) provides graduates in Spanish with an opportunity to develop their language skills and deepen their understanding of the cultures of the Hispanic world. It involves introduction to translation studies along with regular practice in advanced translation and offers a range of options for further study which focus on both Spain and Latin America, and include Catalan and Galician as well as Castilian.

The MA in Hispanic Studies involves a taught element, worth 50% and a thesis (12,000 - 15,000 words) also worth 50%. For the taught element, students are required to take four core subjects, namely: LL6000 Research Methods, HS6002 Research Training, HS6003 Advanced Translation Skills (English-Spanish), and HS6004 Approaches to Translation (Spanish-English). In addition to these core subjects, students must take two optional courses from a range of areas including language, literature, film and linguistics.

Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively to publishable and professional standards in written and oral Spanish;
  • Produce high quality translations from English to Spanish of literary and non-literary texts;
  • Produce translations of publishable quality from Spanish into English displaying due knowledge of grammatical structures and a high level of lexical and syntactical sophistication;
  • Design a research project and identify an appropriate theoretical and methodological framework consistent with their area of study;
  • Develop individual research strategies and produce critical bibliographies;
  • Display an independent approach to critical analysis and evaluation .

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 01 August(EU); 01 June (Non EU)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 11620 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5400 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Candidates for the MA in Hispanic Studies take 90 credits as follows:

Part I:

  • LL6010 Research Methodologies in Modern Languages (5 credits)
  • HS6002 Research Training (5 credits)
  • HS6003 Advanced Translation Skills (English-Spanish) (10 credits)
  • HS6004 Approaches to Translation (Spanish-English) (5 credits)

In addition to the core modules in language and research, students choose two options of 10 credits each from the following list. One of these should be in the area of the candidate's research dissertation. The choice of options must be approved by the MA Coordinator, Dr Martín Veiga.

  • HS6005 Research Project
  • HS6006 Advanced Spanish Language Development
  • HS6007 Spanish Narrative Techniques
  • HS6008 Novel into Film: The Spanish Context
  • HS6009 Politics and Culture in Latin America
  • HS6010 Latin American Cinema
  • HS6011 Portuguese Modernism and Fernando Pessoa
  • HS6012 Catalan Studies
  • HS6013 Golden Age Studies
  • HS6014 Aspects of Spanish Grammar and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

Please note, not all modules may be available in any given year and teaching periods in which modules are offered may vary.

Part II:

  • HS6001 Research Dissertation (12-15,000 words) (45 credits)

English Language Requirements


Applicants should normally have obtained at least a Second Class (Grade 1) Honours in Spanish (language and literature/culture) in a primary degree. Applicants may be required to present themselves for interview or further assessment before a final decision is made. Prospective candidates are required to contact the Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Department of Hispanic Studies informally before applying.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent

Part-Time Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Please note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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