BA Modern Languages: Spanish

Spanish is one of the world’s major languages, with speakers in 21 countries; Spain itself has the fifth largest population in the European Union. Because of its importance commercially, and as a language of cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, Spanish is one of the most valuable and exciting languages you can learn. Our Hispanic Studies team has diverse expertise in Hispanic languages and cultures and produces world-leading research.

During your studies you’ll come to understand the historical development of Spain and the Hispanic world and be introduced to some of the most inspiring and famous works of art and literature, including the visual arts, painting and cinema. You’ll learn about the disciplines of linguistics, history and literary criticism, while gaining an insight into the life of Spain and Latin America.

All degrees involving Spanish combine core training in the written and spoken language with the critical study of aspects of Hispanic culture. The first year is a foundation year in which you will learn about key elements of the literature, film, history and society of the Spanish-speaking world, from canonical literary texts of a broad period to problems of nationhood in contemporary Latin America.

If you choose to spend your year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, you may want to take advantage of one of our long-standing exchanges with partner universities such as Cordoba or Valencia in Spain and UDLAP in Mexico. Alternatively, you might apply for a job teaching English under the scheme run by the British Council. Other students apply for work placements, either in Spain or Latin America. Placements in Spain can be partfunded by the EU’s Erasmus Work Placement scheme.

Degree programmes You can study Spanish through four pathways:

  • choose to study Spanish modules only and graduate with a BA in Spanish
  • with one or two other languages (eg, Chinese, French, German Italian, Portuguese or Russian) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree
  • With Arabic, Art History & Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined honours programme