Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world and an official language in nine countries across four continents.

Our department enjoys a strong reputation for teaching and research, and our exchange links with universities in Portugal and Brazil contribute to the department's cosmopolitan atmosphere. Study and work programmes in Mozambique can also be arranged for your year abroad.

Why study Portuguese at Bristol?

Portuguese at Bristol is part of a well-integrated Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (HiPLA). The department takes a very broad approach to the Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan-speaking worlds, enabling you to enrich your understanding of the cultural links between countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. You will encounter a rich variety of topics in the fields of history, literary and visual cultures, ideas of nation and memory, colonialism and post-colonialism, linguistics and translation.

School of Modern Languages students benefit from a state-of-the-art multimedia centre and a full range of online resources.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a vibrant, international atmosphere.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

Modern languages courses at Bristol will suit you if you have an enquiring mind, a love of language, and a passion for exploring the culture of other countries.

As well as mastering the language, you will develop your research and analytical skills, which will be useful in a range of graduate employment opportunities.

The year abroad is a particularly exciting opportunity if you would relish the challenge of living and working or studying in a different language and culture.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Portuguese may be studied alongside another language or another subject, or in three-language combinations. Beginners follow an intensive language course, while there is separate provision if you already have A-level experience or equivalent.

In year one, introductory units on literature, culture and history enable you to improve language skills using modern texts and films, while giving you a taste of the cultural diversity of Portuguese-speaking countries.

Units are taught via discussion groups, seminars and lectures, with language classes tailored to individual needs. Teaching focuses on interaction and active learning through group work and structured discussions supported by online resources.

Assessment methods include written assignments, presentations, multimedia tests and examinations, translations, essays and guided-writing tasks.

What are my career prospects?

Many language graduates choose to use their language after graduation and a high proportion find careers where their language skills are advantageous.

Our graduates have gone on to find employment in areas such as the civil service and Foreign Office, the media, teaching, banking, marketing, accountancy and tourism, and many of them work in Portugal or Brazil.

With further study you may progress to careers in translating, interpreting or in higher education.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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