Hispanic Studies PhD

Major code: HSPR


Modern Languagesa nd Cultures continues to extend research activity over a broad range of areas in Iberian and Latin American Studies. The School is now at the forefront of high profile research in literary, historical, linguistic and cultural studies. Our research emphasizes our understanding of ‘Hispanic studies’ in the broadest sense, as relating to the multiple geographical and linguistic contexts that make up the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds.

Subject Overview

The Hispanic Studies section offers specialist supervision on any approved aspect of the languages, literatures or civilisations of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. The topic and nature of the research are decided by students in consultation with staff.

Staff expertise covers the following areas:

  • Spanish Linguistics/Philology
  • Medieval Spanish Literature
  • Development of the Novel in Spain (1450-1620)
  • The Post-Civil War Spanish Novel
  • Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • Modern Catalan Literature and Civilisation
  • Literature in Portuguese
  • Spanish-American Literature.

Key Facts

REF 2014
72% of our publications were rated 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), which ranks Liverpool Modern Languages and Cultures as 14/57 in the sector. 90% of environment was also rated 4* and 3*.

Why Department of Modern Languages and Cultures?

Close-knit community

We are a smaller department than many nationally, but manage at the same time to maintain a variety of very distinctive areas of strength in research. As a result we are uniquely placed to offer taught programmes which are tailored to the individual in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and, for research students, close contact with your supervisors from the outset.

Interdisciplinary activity

The department of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises academic staff working across a wide range of language-based studies covering literature, new media, film, history, politics, culture and sociolinguistics. Alongside French, Italian and Chinese, the department also offers Film Studies. The Department is an active participant in the School’s inter-disciplinary research centres, including the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre. Since 2010, we have been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.