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Spanish MA by Research

Course Description

Research in Hispanic Studies at Swansea is interdisciplinary with strong links to American Studies through the Centre for the Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM). Our focus is twentieth-century Latin American fiction and testimonial writing with particular expertise in Argentinian Studies.

Key Features

An MA by Research in Spanish gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).

The Spanish MA by Research will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your own choosing and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.

You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.

All research students in Hispanic Studies are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.

MA by Research degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).

The MA by Research in Spanish is ideal for those who want:

an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD, while retaining the option of upgrading to MPhil or PhD.
Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying.

Special interests within Spanish include:


• Twentieth-Century History and Culture
• National and Regional Identities in Spain
• Constitutional Issues (particularly relating to the Autonomous Communities)
• Catalan Politics and Culture


• Learning Spanish bilingually or as a second language
• Learning Spanish as a heritage language
• Spanish linguistics and psycholinguistics

Spanish – Latin America

Research in this area is conducted through the Centre for Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM) in collaboration with
staff and research students in American Studies. The Centre is the leading research organization in its field in Wales. It has recently obtained a Regional Seminar Series Grant from the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London) which will bring together Wales-based Latin Americanists to work on a project entitled ‘Memory, Place and Space in Latin America’.

Areas of special interest within Spanish include:
• Twentieth century prose and poetry
• Women’s writing and feminist theory
• Contemporary Spanish American film
• Spanish American nation building
• Afro-Latin American Studies
• Twentieth century Argentine literature and culture
• Welsh Patagonia
• Twentieth century Colombian literature and culture
• Twentieth century Cuban literature and culture
• Wilderness and Eco Literature

Visit the Spanish MA by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students for the Spanish MA by Research programme should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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