Maynooth University Spanish and Latin American Studies


Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHZ04 (FT), MHZ05 (PT)

CAO Points :

The MLitt in Spanish aims to provide students who already have a background in Spanish Studies at undergraduate or postgraduate level with an opportunity to specialize in an area of Spanish or Latin American Linguistic, Literary or Cultural Studies. The Department of Spanish offers individual supervision, an active scholarly community and a dynamic intellectual environment. The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) runs friendly, informal research seminars and regularly invites guest lecturers to share their expertise with the Departments in the School. Members of the Department, including postgraduate students, participate in national and international conferences.

September (or other agreed time)

2.1 grade or higher in relevant BA or equivalent

All candidates must have an undergraduate qualification in Spanish or a relevant subject area. Candidates normally must have obtained at least a 2nd Class Honours Grade I in their primary degree, or equivalent. Applicants for research degrees are requested to contact the Head of Department, enclosing relevant academic transcripts, an outline of the proposed area of research, and the names of two referees. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850


Supervision is offered in the following areas: Latin American and Spanish Film and Visual Cultures; Chicano Studies; Spanish Theatre; Censorship in twentieth-century Spain; Gender and Identity in Contemporary Spain; Cultural Memory; Spanish American literature; Translation; History of Language Teaching; Hispanic Lexicography; Ireland and the Hispanic World. Full details of staff research interests can be found at

Thesis, with individual supervision: The option of jointly-supervised research with another Department from the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy or the Faculty of Social Sciences is also available. Please consult staff research for information about the research expertise of individual members of staff and areas in which supervision can be offered.

Taught Modules: Students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the structured PhD programme. Details available at:

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

Our graduates may go on to careers in the education sector, as secondary or third level teachers, or as researchers. Their linguistic skills and knowledge of intercultural communication means that many of our graduates may go on to pursue careers with an international dimension, in international business or in the public service.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHZ05 Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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