In the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at UCC we pride ourselves on having a very open, active and vibrant research culture. We hold regular seminars throughout the academic year on a wide range of topics and have hosted a number of important international conferences in recent years. As well as staff members, we currently have a community of over fifteen research-active postgraduate students within the Department, who are welcome to use our special study room in the Centre for Mexican Studies. 

As a department, we are committed to the provision of high-quality postgraduate education at different levels, in order both to consolidate and extend undergraduate skills and learning and to develop new knowledge and understanding of the Hispanic world. In our HDip students are given the opportunity to take an intensive course in Hispanic Studies, in order to bring them up to degree level in one or two years. The MA programmes in Translation Studies and Languages and Cultures offer a range of pathways for students to develop applied language and cultural communication skills in order to enhance employability, as well as the chance to specialise in a number of different areas: from language learning and teaching methodologies to Latin American film; from literary translation to Iberian languages and cultures. We also provide the opportunity to learn new languages, such as Portuguese, Catalan, Galician and Basque.

Last but not least, we have a number of research degrees available on our books, including a one-year MRes, two-year MPhil and three to four-year PhD in Hispanic Studies. We offer specialist supervision in a wide range of topics from Golden Age literature and painting to contemporary visual arts and urban performance, the Latin American detective novel to gender violence in Mexico, US Latino/a Cultures to the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Iberian Peninsula. Have a look at our research profile to get a taster of the topics supported, or check out some of our more recent postgraduate student profiles.

If you come to study at UCC, you will benefit from superb teaching and learning resources in different Hispanic languages and cultures, wide research expertise in Iberian and Latin American cultural studies, two established research centres – the Irish Centre for Galician Studies and the Centre for Mexican Studies and a friendly and dynamic postgraduate community. Get in touch now for further information:

H.Buffery@ucc.ie

Nuala.Finnegan@ucc.ie

To find out more about our staff and their research areas click here.

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