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The MA in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies by Research allows students to pursue postgraduate studies in a broad range of areas of Portuguese and Lusophone Studies.

The Department is a vibrant, international community and postgraduate students are fully integrated into our dynamic research environment. They are invited to participate in numerous international collaborative ventures with our partners in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Portugal and Spain, as well as with universities across the rest of Europe and in North America.

We also have close links with other research groupings in the University, including the Centre for the Study of Post-Conflict Cultures which offer exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary studies.

Course structure and support

The programme, which can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time, comprises guided reading and supervisions with an appropriate member of staff leading to a 30,000-word dissertation. The guided reading may be conducted in conjunction with other modern languages and humanities departments. Students receive training in research methodology and presentation skills including library, archival, bibliographical and word-processing skills. They also have the opportunity to present their work at the postgraduate Work in Progress Seminar, a supportive and constructive forum for discussing on-going research, and are invited to attend a range of research–related activities including the Departmental Research Seminars and international colloquia.


Students submit a 30,000-word dissertation at the end of the programme.

Entry requirements

Those whose first language is not English must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or a TOEFL score of 600 (250 for computer based tests) with a TWE of at least 4.5, or a TOEFL iBT score of 100 (with no less than 19 in any element). Test results should be no more than two years old.


The programme is ideal preparation for Further studies at doctoral level and many of our students have secured academic appointments and established successful academic careers both in the UK and internationally. Others have gone on to work in teaching and related areas.


The School of Modern Languages and Cultures awards a number of Studentships (fees and maintenance at home/EU rates), fee-waivers and smaller bursaries for postgraduate study at Nottingham. All studentships and bursaries are competitive and are awarded on academic merit. To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place to undertake a programme of study/research on one of the degrees within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

If you are applying from overseas you should consult the funding database via the International Office webpage for details of any specific schemes for which you may be eligible to apply at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/international.

Both full-time and part-time students may apply. If you wish to study part-time you may apply to the University of Nottingham for a Revis Grant, which, if awarded, covers approximately a third of the cost of tuition fees: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/student-support/revis.htm.


Candidates are encouraged to apply online at https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk

Visit the Portuguese and Lusophone Studies (MA by Research) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!





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