Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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Run by Faculty of Arts
Awards available PhD , MPhil
Programme length MPhil: one year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: three years full-time;
six years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date January 2016 (2015/16 fees apply)
September 2016
January 2017

Programme overview

Research in the department ranges widely across the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, from the early-modern period to the present, and geographically across the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

A great deal of our research centres on the Nature of Connections:

  • Connections between places
  • Connections between times
  • Connections between disciplines

Global culture and history are fundamental to our work. We research how Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries shaped the world, across Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. We ask how they fit into the wider globe. We explore new ways to express those relationships, including through digital humanities.

We hold an annual postgraduate conference under this core theme of Nature of Connections with internal and external postgraduate speakers and an external guest speaker.

We welcome applications from students wishing to pursue tailor-made research to Masters or Doctoral level. All postgraduates participate in a vigorous programme of research events, and make key contributions to the research activities of the department, the School of Modern Languages, and the faculty.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP). The partnership is a collaboration of eight leading research universities and partners from the creative economy, working together to develop the arts and humanities researchers for the future. The SWW DTP will be offering studentships for September 2016. For further information on funding opportunities available at the University of Bristol, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Please note, acceptance will also depend upon evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.

MPhil/PhD: A pass at Masters level (or international equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

Bristol is one of the great Atlantic ports, linked historically to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. Likewise, we work on the Nature of Connections in large international and regional collaborations such as the Nineteenth-Century International Hispanists Network; LUDENS (sport and football); Long-Eighteenth-Century Studies; the New Woman project. We have ongoing research collaborations with the Universidad Pontificia in Chile and the University of Las Palmas. The Ramon Llull Institute supports our work in Catalan Studies.

We welcome applicants with cross-disciplinary projects. A high number of our postgraduates are supervised across multiple disciplines - for example Education, Earth Sciences, History of Art, Translation Studies,History. From earth science to sport, visual arts to history,linguistics to literature, our work matters to multiple academic fields. Collectively, we value and explore the composite nature of our subject. Our students collaborate with their postgraduate colleagues across multiple disciplines, for example in the graduate-led Literary & Visual Cultures grouping. Among our cross-disciplinary projects at present are:

  • Volcanoes and disasters (Earth Sciences)
  • Atlantic Studies (School of Arts, School of Humanities)
  • Sport (Italian, History of Art)
  • Landscapes (Graduate School of Arts & Humanities)
  • Internationalism (History of Art)
  • Linguistics (German)

Our wide-ranging work matters well beyond academia. We encourage graduate students to try to have a wider impact beyond their written research. Each year we hold a Cultural Week (Semana Cultural) involving organisations like Choque Cultural in Brazil. Our Chair of Iberian & Latin American Studies was named an Officer of the Order of Isabel la Católica for his services to Spanish culture. Our researchers have worked with:

  • FCO
  • Parliamentary Committee on Guinea-Bissau
  • Rural communities (Peru)
  • The Prince’s Teaching Institute


The majority of graduates from this programme develop careers as academics in higher education while maintaining the capacity to undertake new and innovative research in the field of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American studies at the same time.

Staff profiles

Dr Matthew Brown, (Reader), Digital humanities; historical links between Britain and Latin America; historical studies of Latin America, 18th to 20th centuries; sport history; sterilization and rural communities (Peru).

Dr Joanna Crow, (Senior Lecturer), Chile-Peru connections; digital humanities; indigenous cultures, agency, and networks in Chile; Latin American studies; modern Latin American literature.

Professor Andrew Ginger, (Professor), 19th-century studies; Atlantic studies; comparative studies; deep time; genesis of modernism; Spanish and Latin American experimental literature; thought from eighteenth-century to the present; translation from Spanish; universalisms; visual arts (including film).

Dr James Hawkey, (Lecturer), Hispanic sociolinguistics; language policy and language contact; multilingual speech communities.

Dr Edward King, (Lecturer), Brazilian literary and visual culture (including the graphic novel); interconnections between culture and technology; power dynamics connected to technological change; science fiction.

Dr Sally-Ann Kitts, (Senior Lecturer), 18th-century Spanish studies; digital humanities; Spanish theatre from the Golden Age to the Second Republic; the idea of the modern self: British-Spanish connections in the Enlightenment.

Dr Jose Lingna Nafafe, (Lecturer), Lusophone Atlantic African diaspora; migrant culture and integration; race, religion and ethnicity postcolonial theory and the Lusophone Atlantic; seventeenth and eighteenth century Portuguese and Brazilian history; slavery and wage-labour.

Dr Paco Romero Salvado, (Reader), Modern Spanish history; praetorian politics; revolution; social conflict; Spain as a laboratory of European conflict; the Spanish Civil War.

Dr Caragh Wells, (Senior Lecturer), Contemporary Spanish literature; feminism and gender studies; literary theory; the concept of Oneness; women writers and urban fiction.

Dr Caroline Williams, (Senior Lecturer), Atlantic studies; colonial Spanish American history; frontier and border studies; volcano studies and earth science.

How to apply
Application deadline:

September 2016 start: 1 August 2016
January 2017 start: 1 December 2016

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