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Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (Graduate Diploma)

Course Description

This Graduate Diploma is ideal if you wish to familiarise yourself with and understand the rich cultural histories of Portugal and Brazil, while also improving your Portuguese and your research and study skills.

The course has been designed for those who want to refresh their knowledge of Portuguese in preparation for a Master's degree, particularly if you've taken a break from studying and need to refamiliarise yourself, or if you have a degree in a different but relevant subject area. The course will also suit international students who want to deepen their knowledge of Brazilian and Portuguese language and culture while experiencing life and study in the UK, as well as teachers who want to refresh and deepen their knowledge, but who do not necessarily want to undertake a full MA quite yet.

This programme will develop your Portuguese language skills, enabling you to communicate fluently and accurately with native speakers in both informal and professional contexts. It will also develop your ability to critically analyse Portuguese and Brazilian language, linguistics and culture, including art, film, history, literature and urban studies. You will learn the latest theoretical approaches to cultural critique and explore a wide range of cultural forms within their social and historical contexts.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
Provides a 1-year qualification in Portuguese language and the cultural histories of Portugal and Brazil.

Enables you to improve your Portuguese language skills and increase your knowledge of Portuguese and Brazilian culture, while also developing the study and research skills you need for Master's-level study.
Ideal for international students who wish to study in the UK for a year and also for teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of Brazilian and Portuguese language and culture.

Designed for students who require further training to progress to an MA programme, such as Birkbeck's MA/MRes Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies.
You will be studying with a wide variety of students from all over the world and taught by world-class researchers.

Birkbeck is at the heart of a global capital city that is full of opportunities for those wishing to hear and speak Portuguese.

Our flexible evening study allows you to achieve your educational goals alongside your professional and personal ones.

Our School of Arts is in the top 5 in the country. Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, making it an outstanding interdisciplinary department.
Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) and the Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC), provides important platforms for this exchange.

Visit the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (Graduate Diploma) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Irina Ene

4078.jpg Irina began researching Master’s programmes while she was still in Romania after her undergraduate degree and liked what she read about Birkbeck on the internet. The fact that Birkbeck is part of the University of London made it a very attractive option, and also proved useful during her degree as Birkbeck students have access to other libraries as well.

Irina completed the Master’s in one year and combined her study with various jobs, including administrative work, babysitting and pub work. Irina says: 'The evening study was an important reason for choosing Birkbeck as it gave me more flexibility to find work and pay for my studies while I was studying. It was quite tough to fit study around my jobs sometime but I didn’t miss a single class in the whole year and I’m very proud about that. I was also lucky that I was able to take a few weeks off to write up my dissertation.'

The other students that Irina met at Birkbeck have become good friends. She says: 'I’m still in touch with my classmates. I met some really interesting people and because everyone has such different backgrounds you learn a lot of new things just by talking to them.'

Before enrolling, Irina had read about the research reputation of Birkbeck’s Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies. When she arrived she found that the academics in the department were very well-prepared for lectures and seminars and that they were very helpful if ever Irina needed to speak to them outside of classes. She says: 'My tutor was very helpful and even brought books from his personal library for me when I couldn’t find them in the library. He recommended books to me and I used the library’s website a lot. I didn’t realise how important articles can be before I came to Birkbeck: it’s a different way of researching, which is one of the new things I’ve learned here.'

Irina enjoyed learning new research skills and was awarded a distinction in her dissertation. Her tutor encouraged her to research new areas and she admits that the idea of coming back to Birkbeck for a PhD is a temptation.


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first degree in an appropriate subject and will be expected to have language skills in Portuguese equivalent to A-level + 1 year, or C1 (CEFR), also equivalent to a pass in Portuguese 4. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Full-time home/EU students: £ 5300 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 9650 pa

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