Spanish and Latin American Studies

BA (Hons)


In the 21st century, the knowledge of other languages and cultures has become vital. Among these, the Spanish language and the cultures of Spain and Latin America have a great impact. Why learn Spanish? Why learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking cultures? 400 million people speak Spanish, which makes it one of the most useful languages in the world for travel and the language of one of the largest business, professional and academic markets.

Our courses provide an in-depth study of the language and of the vibrant modern cultures of Spain and Latin America, as well as historical and social aspects of these. We offer courses both for beginners and for those with a prior background in Spanish. Language skills open a wide range of career opportunities in business, teaching, the civil service, academia or publishing. Teaching is led by a team of academics with a wide range of research interests including film and cinema, anthropology, history and literature of Spain and Latin America. These ensure that the linguistic and cultural diversity of the studied countries is taken into account.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree.

  • UCAS: R410
  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time
  • Course Director: Dr Guillermo Olivera
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Dr Guillermo Olivera

University of Stirling

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What makes us different?

The very strong interconnection between the lecturers' research interests and the resulting diversity of disciplines and their interrelationship make Spanish and Latin American studies a unique experience which can combine film and cinema, literature, history, social sciences and anthropology with each other.

The broad variety of possible degrees, i.e. subject combinations, are distinctive to the University of Stirling and enable students to choose subjects according to their genuine interests. These include, for example, the often chosen Single Honours Spanish and Joint Honours French and Spanish, but can also comprise most other disciplines, such as Business, Journalism or Marketing and Spanish, Intercultural Studies and languages. From Spanish and Latin American Studies students Stirling requires a mandatory semester (not a year) abroad (ERASMUS), which may be complemented by a professional year in a Spanish-speaking country (British Council).

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points.

BTEC (Level 3):

Essential subjects:
To include French or Spanish if applying to joint honours in French and Spanish.

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv Higher:
ABB - one sitting.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
35 points.

Essential subjects:
To include Spanish.

Other qualifications


Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not possible.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Foundation Apprenticeships:

Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Essential subjects:
As listed above or equivalent.

Additional information

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Fees and costs

Fees 2018/19

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.

If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

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Payment options

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Students take Spanish plus two other subjects in Years 1 and 2.

Semesters 1 – 4

You may study Spanish at advanced level or as a beginner. The advanced course in the first four semesters comprises tuition in written and spoken Spanish designed to advance further your knowledge of the language. At the same time, you will undertake an introduction to modern Spanish and Latin American cultures.

The beginners’ course concentrates on learning the language in the first two semesters with a dedicated language course, based on seminar-size classes. In the first semester of Year 2, beginners progress to an intermediate course, enhancing their knowledge of the language whilst being progressively introduced to the study of Spanish and Latin American cultures. In Semester 4, they are ready to join students from the Advanced course, having now acquired a good knowledge of the language and the necessary skills to study Spanish and Latin American cultures more intensively.

Semesters 5 – 8

An integrated, and consecutively structured series of language courses enhances your ability to use the language in both written and spoken forms.

At the same time, there is a wide variety of more specialised option modules from which to choose. Recent options deal with the Culture of the Andes, the Experience of Migration in Modern Spain, Basque and Catalan Nationalism, the Experiences of Indigenous Women in Latin America, the Representation of War in Spanish Culture, Mexico’s Cultural Identity, Documenting Latin America, and Argentine History, Politics and Society in Film.

In your final year of study, you may write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, in place of taught modules. Only if you are taking Single Honours in Spanish and Latin American Studies it is mandatory to write a dissertation.

Delivery and assessment

A wide range of teaching methods is employed, including: lectures, language tutorials, seminars, oral practice sessions with a native speaker, language and/ or IT laboratory sessions, and self-access of learning resources. Formal assessment is by coursework (in the form of language exercises, essays on set topics, oral presentations) and examinations of various types, including oral exams in Spanish; written examinations require essay-type answers, and language laboratory examinations test the advancement in language structures. Modules are assessed by coursework and examination.


  • Representations of Space in Spanish Cinema
  • Representations of War in Spanish Culture
  • Basque and Catalan Nationalism, History and Culture
  • Mexico's Cultural Identity in the 20th Century
  • Argentine History, Politics and Society in Film
  • Myths from Peru: Cultural and Religious Hybridity in a Colonial Context

Combined degrees

Spanish can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Accountancy NR44
Business Studies NRF4
Computing Science GR44
English Studies QR34
Film and Media RP43
French RR14
History RV41
Human Resource Management NR64
Journalism Studies PR54
Law MR14
Marketing N5R4
Professional Education (Primary) with Modern Languages XR18
Sociology LR34

Spanish can be studied as a component of other degrees. See Modern Languages for details.

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Related degrees

Education (Primary); European Film and Media; French; International Management and Intercultural Studies, International Management Studies; International Politics; Modern Languages.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

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Why Stirling?


88% of students said that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. Unistats 2016.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

Honours students of Spanish are required to spend a period of residence abroad, usually in Semester 6, studying at a Spanish-speaking university. In certain degrees, including Single Honours Spanish, the whole of Semesters 5 and 6 can be spent at a Spanish university. There are ERASMUS exchange agreements with the Universities of Barcelona, Léon, Santander, Navarra, Córdoba, Granada and Santiago de Compostela. In Latin America, there are exchange agreements with Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and Cordoba in Argentina.

In addition you also have the option of working for a year abroad between Semesters 4 and 5, which students often spend in paid employment, typically as a language assistant teaching English in a school.


This course offers several particular features.

  • Spanish for All: beginners without previous knowledge as well as those who have learned Spanish already can start studying the language from their first semester.
  • Research and Teaching: all lecturers integrate their own research into the teaching, which creates an up to date and motivating state of the classes' content. 
  • Language and Culture: in Stirling we lay special emphasis on the combination of the study of language and culture and their interrelationship, using examples from practical life as well as different theoretical approaches. 
  • Critical and Transferable Skills: it is our aim for students to gain a critical awareness of the Spanish and Latin American world(s) and at the same time acquire abilities to transmit their knowledge to other fields of study and practical work.
  • Spanish and Education: students can combine languages and education, and through this be well prepared for a secondary school education career when finishing their studies at Stirling.
  • Lecturers for Students: our tutors are always ready and open for small group or individual conversations, either to clarify questions or help students deepen their interest in a certain field.

Academic strengths

It is one of our main academic objectives to train young people to become critical members of society who can use their own judgement. This training is based on applied and theoretical approaches which students elaborate and deepen together with their lecturers. Our education also aims at independence and creativity. In order to obtain these results, lecturers emphasise the learning process and motivation of the student (rather than adopting a teacher-centred attitude).

Our students

“Not only does Stirling University offer a broad range of classes and academic pursuits to explore but it also provides a strong support system to help overcome any challenges. I was given the opportunity to both teach and study abroad, which I would not have been able  to do without the support of my tutors. I feel that Stirling University has prepared me well for the future and I will always cherish the memories that it has given me.
Thank you for  everything."
Sarah Hamilton, BA (Hons) Spanish, Graduated 2016

Our staff

Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar (MA, PhD, Habilitation) joined the University of Stirling in 2006, after having taught at Bonn University (Germany) and previously at St Andrews University. She is Senior Lecturer in Latin American and Amerindian Studies. Her research focuses on Amerindian cultures and languages, and she combines ethnohistory, cultural anthropology and ethnolinguistics, fields that enable her to study the culture and language of the so-called 'indigenous peoples'. She is (co-) coordinator of the University research groups on 'Latin America and the Caribbean', 'Translating Christianities' and 'Crossing Cultures'.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Studying Modern Languages enables you to develop good communication skills. Spending a semester abroad during the degree helps to develop cultural awareness, adapt to new and changing surroundings and to work independently and as part of a team. In a job market that is becoming increasingly global these skills are in demand in most career sectors.


A degree in modern Languages also develops many useful transferable skills including:

Expand your horizons

As part of this degree you will be able to choose a range of optional modules* which offer activities and skills to help you get the most from your degree and your future career. You will:

  • On most programmes, you will be able to choose options modules which include:
    • Undertaking a work placement to put your learning into context
    • A Career management skills module, preparing you to enter the job market
    • Business, accounting and management modules
    • Law modules
    • Business writing and digital literacy modules
    • French/Spanish language modules
  • Receive talks from visiting speakers from industry and alumni
  • Go on field trips
  • Native speakers of English can apply for a 9-month paid post teaching English in a French/Spanish-speaking country
  • You will also be encouraged to take part in clubs and societies


*Modules are subject to availability.


We’re here to help

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service working in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

Career options

From careers in Interpreting and Translating to the Diplomatic Service and Teaching, a degree in Modern Languages opens up a broad range of career opportunities.


Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or ambition to the jobs listed here.



Typical employers

Some modern language graduates work on a self-employed basis as interpreters or translators. However, many others choose careers not directly related to their subject but where there is the opportunity to use their language skills, for example working for companies who trade or offer services internationally or to non-English speaking customers and suppliers.

This means that language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including:

  • business services;
  • charity work;
  • engineering;
  • media;
  • museums and libraries;
  • public administration;
  • teaching;
  • tourism;
  • transport and logistics


Work experience

The Semester of study abroad provides the ideal opportunity to develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills.

Some graduates wanting a long-term career using a language choose to take on a short-term role, such as teaching English, while living abroad and perfecting their language skills. Other temporary jobs that take you abroad may be helpful, such as those in tourism.

If you wish to move into translating or interpreting you may want to carry out some work on a voluntary basis to build up a portfolio of the experience you have. Joining an agency may be a good idea.

Experience in areas such as administration and IT will also be useful for many jobs that use language skills.


Further study
Many languages graduates continue with further study of their discipline, possibly with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer, but often due to a desire to develop their knowledge of the subject further to improve their career prospects. Other graduates chose to study something vocational at postgraduate level - common areas have included law, publishing and journalism. For careers such as law, lecturing and teaching, further qualifications are essential. For careers such as journalism and advertising, a postgraduate qualification may be useful, but it is relevant work experience that is essential.
Relevant further study available at Stirling includes:

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