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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    We offer a wide range of modules in Spanish, Spanish American, Portuguese and Brazilian studies - focusing particularly on the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We are strong in several major areas such as cultural studies, sociolinguistics, history and politics of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian world.

    We also offer linguistic options which study the structure of the modern varieties of Portuguese and Spanish languages.

    Our Portuguese research expertise focus on popular culture of North East Brazil, the politics of popular expression, the effects of globalisation on popular culture, new forms of popular theatre in Brazil in addition to sociolinguistics and Portuguese-speaking diaspora. In Spanish our research expertise ranges from linguistics and socio linguistics, the cultural policies of the Chávez regime to the works of women writers and artists from the Spanish speaking world whose works straddle multiple disciplines: literature, art performance, photography, video, art installation and cyberspace.

    The MLang Spanish and Portuguese Studies will:
    • perfect your proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese languages with our seven stages language system.
    • sharpen your insight into some of the main political concepts and issues of the colonialism, imperialism and nationalism of the modern world, using Spain, Portugal, Spanish America and Brazil as case studies and their impact in the current political, social and economic relationship between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
    • raise your awareness on the effects of globalisation on popular cultures in the different Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions.
    • develop your expertise on the diverse cultural expression and the politics of popular expression in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian world.
    • sharpen your insights into sociolinguistics and the development of the Hispanic and Portuguese-speaking communities and their language practices; this will include the study of Latino communities in the USA.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline EEA:January; International (non-EU) : June Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 14660 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Programme Structure

    Years one and two

    The MLang Spanish and Portuguese in years one and two is broadly the same as the corresponding undergraduate programme but in your second year you are also required to take a module entitled “Languages for Academic Study" which is designed to prepare you for studies at the partner university during the year abroad.

    Year three - the year abroad

    You will select from a range of relevant modules at the partner university and you will take an assessed language module for each language as well as taking two other online modules from Southampton (research skills and one language related content module). Students studying two languages are strongly advised to take up a three month work or study placement in a second country either prior to or following the year abroad. Modules taken at the partner university and online modules from Southampton will all contribute to the final degree classification and marks awarded by the partner university will be translated in accordance with Humanities guidelines.

    Preparation and support

    You will be carefully prepared both for the year abroad and for higher levels of study. We have well established procedures for supporting you as you prepare for the year abroad and you will receive risk assessment training and will be assigned an academic advisor who will support you in your studies both at Southampton and abroad.

    Year 4 - the Masters year

    In your final year back in Southampton you will choose modules from Modern Languages Masters programmes and will complete research in an area related to your programme in which you have developed an interest. This will be supervised by a member of academic staff with the relevant research interest. You will write your Masters dissertation in the summer at the end of your fourth year. As an MLang student you are expected to participate in the Humanities research community through Graduate School events and ML research seminars.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.



    A Levels:

    AAA from 3 A levels including A in French General Studies is not accepted.


    36 points with 18 at the Higher Level, including 6 at higher level in French

    Selection process:

    Intake: 150 Average applicants per place: 8

    UCAS application and one-to-one interview

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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