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MA Modern Hispanic Studies

Course Description

On the MA in Modern Hispanic Studies you engage with the breadth of cultures across the Spanish-speaking world, combining the study of literature with broader cultural themes.

Kent provides an ideal location in which to study Spanish and Catalan culture; our Canterbury campus is close to mainland European, with convenient access to the Eurostar terminal at Ashford.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/68/modern-hispanic-studies

Course detail

- Description -

Hispanic Studies at Kent is concerned with the culture and literature of the Spanish-speaking world, whether in Europe or Latin America, as well as engaging with related Iberian cultures and languages, namely Portuguese and Catalan. The literary component of this MA programme is taught in conjunction with the Department of Comparative Literature, while the cultural component of the course benefits from the diverse expertise of staff in the Department of Modern Languages.

- Purpose -

This programme is only currently available for part-time study. The programme is ideal for students of modern languages wishing to take their study further, students of literature wanting to gain an international perspective, or anyone interested in the cultures emerging from the world’s most widely spoken language.

- Format and assessment -

This programme aims to provide you with a good understanding of modern Spanish and Spanish- American society. It consists of two parts: a literary element, which is taught in conjunction with the MA in Hispanic and Comparative Literature, and a cultural element which is a distinctive part of this MA. We teach all subject options in Spanish, but accept written work in both English and Spanish.

Assessment is by 4-6,000 words of written work per module and the dissertation.


The Department of Modern Languages is committed to developing your employability through a wide range of School events. Our graduates develop skills highly prized by employers in industry and the public sector, including oral and written communication, intellectual skills, and intercultural awareness and understanding.

Recent Hispanic Studies graduates have gone on to work in areas such as media, publishing, public administration, charities and voluntary work, education and teaching in the UK and around the world.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the MA Modern Hispanic Studies page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Manu Mayoral-Duran

What attracted you to this course?
The increasing relevance of Hispanic studies all around the world, together with a strong personal interest on the field, attracted me to the MA in Modern Hispanic Studies. I find Latin American historical and cultural roots fascinating and consider them essential in order to understand the world nowadays.

Why did you choose to study at Kent?
The University of Kent is recognised as a leading provider of postgraduate education and offered me the chance to work with many academics renowned as world-class experts in their fields. The location also played an important role in my decision as it is based in one of the most charming university towns in Europe.

How are you enjoying your studies/time here?
I really enjoyed the feeling of personal growth developed during the seminar groups, where everyone had the chance to express their views and share their knowledge acquired through an emphasis on research according to their personal interests. Apart from the seminars, there were also many workshops, groups and societies organising events which put together the academic world and leisure time.

Which modules have you enjoyed the most so far, and why?
I found the module on Myth, image, fashion and propaganda in the Cuban Revolutionary era fascinating. It put together an explosive mixture of concepts, such as fashion (yes, you read right), propaganda, and myth creation, which provided me not just with a deep knowledge of the Cuban Revolutionay era but an understanding of current social, cultural, economical, and political affairs all around the world.

What about the teaching?
Teachers developed the content of the modules in a very effective way and were always very inspirational in relation to develop my interest on the field and develop my research skills. The level was kept at a very high standard using a very friendly approach which made everyone involved in the discussions.


Graduate School Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University. The aim of the scheme is enable Kent graduates to continue study at the University in the next academic year after graduation from their undergraduate degree.Candidates can hold the Graduate School Scholarship in conjunction with other awards except where these awards offer full fees and a Research Council UK equivalent maintenance grant. The Graduate School Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with the University's loyalty discount.Criteria- Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) awarded in 2016 by the University of Kent. This scholarship offer is not available to those students who have been awarded foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs or postgraduate degrees.
- Candidates must have satisfied the criteria for admission and register for a postgraduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) with the University of Kent by 1 October 2016. Students considering this offer are advised to check the entry criteria for their favoured postgraduate programme of study prior to application.
- Candidates must be self-funded, i.e. they are paying their tuition fees themselves.
- Open to overseas/home/EU fee paying students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees


Kent 2016 graduates who earn a Bachelor's degree with honours (or undergraduate Master's degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2016.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2016 graduates on registration.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject (eg Hispanic Studies) or equivalent and a good working level of Spanish. English Language requirements: View Website

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