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.

Entry requirements

Normally have obtained a second class honours (grade 2.1) or higher in Spanish undergraduate degree. Students applying on basis of language competence may be asked to submit a written piece of work. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


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

Careers or further progression

The combination of subject-specific and transferable skills gained would make it a useful qualification for entry into the teaching profession, academic and other 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

Course Structure
Modules include negotiating the borderlands: Mexican and Chicana/o studies, research skills and advanced translation skills.


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.

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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