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MPhil/PhD in Hispanic Studies (P-R4P1)

Hispanic Studies offers a vibrant intellectual environment for innovative doctoral research. We espouse a boundary-crossing, transnational vision of the networks of cultural history, memory, literature and identity that crisscross the Hispanic world – from Europe to the Caribbean, the Americas, Africa and the Pacific. Nine specialists can offer research expertise on topics related to: the cultural histories of Iberia (Spain, Portugal, Galicia), the Hispanic Atlantic and the Caribbean from the Renaissance to the present; connections and encounters between Hispanic, Lusophone, Anglophone and Francophone cultures; mobility (travel, migration, exile), memory and identity across the Hispanic world; Spanish and Latin American film and sound cultures.

Doctoral students prepare, over the course of 3 years of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent), a dissertation of 80,000 words. There is no coursework involved, though students are expected to take advantage of relevant training and skills development opportunities. Doctoral researchers are initially registered as MPhil students and proceed to the PhD upon completion of work of good standard, typically by the end of their first year.

Many students in Hispanic Studies receive guidance from a supervisory team (two supervisors) with complementary expertise. AHRC M4C-funded students may have a co-supervisor in another consortium institution.

Students working in relevant areas may be selected for the European doctoral network, PhDnet "Literary and Cultural Studies" (Gie├čen, Bergamo, Graz, Helsinki, Lisbon, Stockholm and Warwick), which offers an intense programme of jointly organised symposia, conferences and master classes.

An outstanding research environment

In addition to working closely with the Hispanic Studies team, postgraduate researchers in Hispanic Studies will be able to draw on Warwick's existing strength, depth and experience in supporting outstanding cross- and interdisciplinary research, relating (for instance) to other sections within Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, and Translation & Transcultural Studies), or other Arts Faculty departments such as History, English and Comparative Literature, or the School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures. You will have the opportunity to access the facilities of research centres and networks such as the Humanities Research Centre, the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies, the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (which offers an alternative PhD route), or the Latin America at Warwick Network (LAWN), hosted by the School for Cross-Faculty Studies.


Note that it is also possible to apply for a joint Warwick-Monash PhD in Hispanic Studies (course code R4P1M), where the two institutions have compatible supervisory expertise. See the Warwick-Monash Alliance page for more information.

Please consult early with the Director of Graduate Studies and PGR Admissions Advisor, if you wish to discuss whether your project is eligible for this or any other cross-institutional co-supervision and/or funding arrangement (Midlands 4 Cities, EUTOPIA, or other co-tutelle).


Postgraduate admissions enquiries

For further information about postgraduate degrees please send your enquiry to the School Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Oliver Davis, at O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk

For enquiries, please contact the School Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Oliver Davis, at

O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk