Spanish & Latin American Studies

The MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies aims to provide students who already have a background in Spanish Studies at undergraduate level with an opportunity to develop their interest in and knowledge and understanding of the language, literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The MA offers students the opportunity to develop their awareness of theoretical approaches to critical analysis; to broaden their intellectual experience; to improve their intercultural and communication skills; and to develop their transferable skills, such as research skills, presentation skills, teamwork, organization skills and time management.

It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9) in Spanish & Latin American Studies after completing 60 credits of taught modules.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally have obtained a second class honours (grade 2.1) or higher in Spanish. Applicants whose primary degree does not include Spanish, but who are applying on the basis of linguistic competence and other relevant qualifications, may be asked to present an additional piece of work. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


MHZ50 1 year Full-time
MHZ51 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

The programme is an ideal beginning of an academic career in Hispanism, and could prepare students for further study at PhD level. The combination of subject-specific and transferable skills, which are the intended learning outcomes of the programme, would make it a useful qualification for entry into the teaching profession, research work, or for careers with an international dimension, in business or in the public service

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The MA is a 90 credit programme with a combination of subject-specific modules and interdisciplinary modules.

Taught modules (55 ECTS)
A combination of seminars and workshops will form the basis of the taught element of the programme, which includes core language modules, a number of interdisciplinary modules (taught with the Departments of French, German and Irish), and a selection of elective modules. These aim to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the linguistic, literary, visual and sociopolitical cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through the study of key texts, visual artefacts and documents.

Minor Thesis (30 ECTS) and Oral Presentation (5 ECTS)
Students also develop their own research projects under the supervision of academics with expertise in the following areas: Latin American and Spanish Film and Visual Cultures; Chicana/o Studies; Spanish Theatre; Censorship in twentieth-century Spain; Contemporary Spanish Women's Writing; Cultural Memory; Latin American literature; Spanish poetry; Latin American indigenous cultures; Translation; History of Language Teaching; Hispanic Lexicography.

Course Duration: 1 year Full-time


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.

Closing Date : 30 June 2020

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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