Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Three generations on horseback

Spanish has been taught as a degree subject at Leeds since 1918 and Portuguese since the 1950s, making us one of the longest-standing providers in the UK. 

Find out more about the Cowdray Scholarship (totalling £10,000) for MA by Research degree study in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

Complete University Guide league table, 2019

— 21st in the UK (Iberian Languages)

We combine this long-established tradition of scholarship with a dynamic approach to Hispanic and Lusophone Studies and support a wide range of teaching and research interests in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Africa. 

We offer MA by Research and Phd, our research culture is multidisciplinary and actively combines the interests and expertise of a team of academics specialised in:

  • language
  • literature
  • history
  • social sciences
  • cultural and film studies.

We are proud of our strong connection with the (on-campus) cultural branches of the governments of Spain and Portugal: the Cervantes Institute and the Camões Institute. Both institutes host a large number of cultural events and academic activities, in partnership with Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.