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Research in Hispanic Studies - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study?

This course combines taught modules with language-specific research and offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research. You’ll work with the support of leading researchers, drawing on expertise in critical theory, research skills and key research themes.

You’ll benefit from an introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as developing your research specialism in Hispanic Studies.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

  • Critical Theory in Modern Languages
  • Research Skills in Modern Languages
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research-led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please contact the Postgraduate Secretary Caroline Parker.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


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 postgraduate research in related areas, including the Modern Languages (French, German, Italian), Comparative American Studies, English and Comparative Literary Studies, Caribbean Studies and Global History and Culture. You will be a member of the Warwick Graduate School and will have the opportunity to access the facilities of Warwick research centres such as the Institute of Advanced Study and the Humanities Research Centre.

Contact Hours:

Researchers across the four languages collaborate to teach the core critical theory and research skills modules, and we encourage interdisciplinary teaching or supervision within and outside Modern Languages through optional taught modules, Advanced Study Options, and your Dissertation. Advanced Study Options enable you to pursue individual research pathways with the guidance of a tutor or tutors before undertaking your dissertation. The course will involve 35 hours of work per week, typically comprising 2 hours of seminar teaching, 2 hours of one-to-one tutorial teaching (or 2 further hours of seminar teaching, depending on the optional modules chosen), up to 1 hour of tutoring and 30 hours of independent study over Terms 1 and 2; in Term 3, which is focused on the Dissertation, you will typically have a weekly average of one hour of one-to-one supervision and 34 hours of independent study.

Class Sizes:

Seminar teaching is in groups of between 1 and 10 students. Individual supervision is provided for the dissertation.


1. A taught core module on cultural and critical theory, typically taken in the first term, and assessed by a 5,000 word essay.

2. Two optional modules or supervised study programmes (Advanced Study Options), topic dependent on the interests of the candidate, each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.

3. A 20,000 word dissertation.

4. A skills programme (assessed by two short bibliographical exercises), which typically includes:

  • Library induction/electronic resources in German Studies and general research skills
  • Giving oral presentations and using PowerPoint; writing a literature review; choosing a topic and writing a dissertation.
  • Writing a PhD proposal
  • Applying for funding

Our graduates have gone on to work in in sectors including:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Copywriting

Potential applicants are warmly encouraged to meet with the Convenor or School Director of Graduate Studies by appointment.

Please contact the SMLC Postgraduate Secretary Caroline Parker at to arrange a visit.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(October 2019 - October 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(October 2019 - October 2021)

Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language Requirements

Band B

IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Department of Study

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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Any scholarships available will be advertised here. For 2018-19 we offered three fees-only scholarships to outstanding Home/EU students. It’s likely that a similar number of such scholarships will be available again for 2019-20 but please check online for up-to-date information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as the cost of printing and binding your Dissertation. You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept your offer. You can find this information here.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.