Spanish - Research

Research degrees in Spanish introduce students to academic communication and research skills and educate them through active participation and presentation at departmental graduate symposia, at research conferences nationally and internationally to extend their knowledge in their respective field of expertise.

Entry requirements

All research applicants must have a 2.1 honours degree result as a minimum in Spanish or a relevant subject area. PhD candidates must have a postgraduate qualification in Spanish or a relevant subject area. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application.


MHZ02 PhD Full-time
MHZ03 PhD Part-time
MHZ04 MLitt Full-time
MHZ05 MLitt Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Catherine O'Leary
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 4724/ 6116


Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in the study of modern languages, literatures and cultures in Ireland, offering MA programmes and MLitt and structured PhD studies in each of the constituent disciplines. In addition to French, Spanish, German and Chinese; Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan and Breton are taught in the School. The SMLLC offers personal supervision and teaching by renowned experts in a wide variety of fields, innovative areas of research and a lively intellectual environment.

The Spanish Department is very research-active and has a number of international research collaborations with institutions such as the GREP (Grup de recerca en entonació i parla) at Universitat de Barcelona and the Hispanic Research Center at the University of Arizona. Spanish and Latin American Studies provides a supportive, stimulating environment to MA, MLitt and PhD students with an interest in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, translation and linguistics. We welcome applications from students who have research interests in these topics, as well as Applied Linguistics, Argentine Literature and Argentine crime fiction, gender, Women's literature and popular culture, Latina/o culture, and Latin American cCinema.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Research specialisms in the department include translation, linguistics, cultural history, gender and Women's literature and popular culture, Spanish America in the colonial period, Latin American literature, Latin American cinema and visual culture, border studies, and Chicana/o studies.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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