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Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Research MPhil/PhD

King's College London, University of London

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Strand Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    17-JAN-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Overview

Spanish was first taught at King’s in 1831, and the teaching of Portuguese in British universities was pioneered by King’s in the 1860s. Since the establishment of the Cervantes Chair in 1916 and the Camoens Chair in 1919, King's has become a world-leading centre for Spanish and Portuguese studies and the creation of the new Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies continues this tradition of innovation and research strength. The Department offers a wide range of opportunities for specialist and cross-disciplinary supervision, from the medieval period to the present day, in literature, history, cultural studies, film, drama and music. Our commitment to all areas of Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Latin America and Lusophone Africa, combined with the wide-ranging teaching and research interests of the staff, means that we are able to offer an unrivalled variety of supervision topics for postgraduate study.

Course detail

You can discover more about the research interests of particular members of staff in the Department on their staff profiles. Dissemination of our research takes a number of forms, which include: enhancing publishing and programming of the arts, shaping critical practice in musical, visual and literary culture, and influencing public policy. Research students are assigned to supervisory teams comprising three members of the Department's academic staff and led by the principal supervisor; as well as providing close guidance to the student, this team manages the student's induction, including identifying training needs, and reports regularly to the Department's Postgraduate and Research Committee (PARC). This is a prolonged research programme, lasting a minimum of three years full time, culminating in the presentation of a thesis, followed by an oral examination. The thesis must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality, shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power. It must be suitable for publication, either as submitted or in an abridged or modified form. The maximum length is 100,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and appendices, but exclusive of bibliography. Theses are normally required to be submitted in English. Students whose subject involves an element of study of a modern foreign language may exceptionally apply, with the support of the supervisor, to submit their thesis in a language other than English. All such applications must be made at the point of registration, supported by a detailed scholarly justification, and not for reasons of linguistic competence. They will be considered by the Research Degrees Examination Board, and if authorized, an abstract in English of up to 5,000 words must be submitted at the same time as the thesis Students whose subject involves an element of study of a modern foreign language may exceptionally apply, with the support of the supervisor, to submit their thesis in a language other than English. All such applications must be made at the point of registration, supported by a detailed scholarly justification, and not for reasons of linguistic competence. They will be considered by the Research Degrees Examination Board, and if authorized, an abstract in English of up to 5,000 words must be submitted at the same time as the thesis. Candidates will normally register in the first instance for the MPhil degree. They may transfer to the PhD programme after no less than one year (with retrospective registration) with the consent of their supervisor and after assessment of progress.

Application deadline

27 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,870per year

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University information

King's College London, University of London

  • University League Table

    21st

  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 49 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    150 77%

    15th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%

    15th

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.86 77%

    39th

    19

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