By studying Spanish, you will engage with the language, histories and cultures of over 500 million people. At St Andrews, the primary objective is to gain knowledge and use of the language while exploring the great continuities and shifts within Spanish and Spanish-American culture, from its early beginnings to today.

The Department of Spanish provides a lively and communicative approach to learning Spanish along with a formal learning structure and small-group teaching. Spanish is studied in many contexts, including journalism, history, commerce, translation, linguistics, literature and cinema.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Spanish MA (Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take Spanish MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree, Modern Language degree, or a "with" degree. 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Modern Languages MLitt
Crossways in Cultural Narratives Erasmus Mundus MLitt

Research degree

The School of Modern Languages offers a Master of Studies by Research (MSt (Res)). Find out more about the MSt (Res)


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

Student life

The Department of Spanish at St Andrews is made up of enthusiastic students from all over the globe and a dedicated teaching team passionate about all things Spanish and Hispanic. The Department hosts lectures, seminars, classes, specialist talks and occasional play productions.

The Hispanic Society is a lively and dynamic group that brings together students of Spanish and students from Latin America engaged in other subjects throughout the University. It organises activities including:

  • weekly tertulias (informal chat group in Spanish)
  • weekly lunches themed by regions
  • occasional sangría evenings
  • a formal cabaret-dinner each semester with department staff
  • occasional salsa, tango or Latino dancing
  • an annual ball.

Above all, the society offers the opportunity to speak Spanish in and out of the Department.

The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the Byre Theatre, runs Byre World, an exciting programme of events related to the literature, film and cultures of the wider world.

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If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day or talk and tour to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Wednesday 8 April 2020
  • Wednesday 15 April 2020

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Spanish research areas

Research interests in the Department of Spanish include:

  • sociolinguistics
  • Golden Age literature
  • modern and contemporary Spanish
  • Spanish American literature, film studies and history.

Research staff:

  • Dr Kormi Anipa: history of the Spanish language; sociolinguistics (historical and contemporary); Renaissance humanism.
  • Dr Ted Bergman: early modern Spanish theatre; Cervantes; literature and criminality; history of science in the humanities; humour studies.
  • Dr Ricardo Fernández Romero: contemporary Spanish literature, especially autobiography.
  • Professor Will Fowler: Mexican and Latin American History, especially Santa Anna and the dynamics and culture of the Mexican pronounclamento.
  • Dr Eleni Kefala: contemporary Latin American fiction, especially Borges and the Argentinian avant-garde; postmodernism.
  • Professor Jordi Larios: 20th-century poetry in Spanish and Catalan; Catalan literature in general.
  • Dr Javier Letrán: Spanish poetry; Luis Alberto de Cuenca; film and literature in contemporary Spain.
  • Dr Catherine O'Leary: contemporary Spanish theatre; censorship and cultural history; gender and identity; exile and memory.
  • Professor Gustavo San Román: contemporary Latin American literature, especially of Uruguay; sexuality and nationalism; cultural identity studies.

Careers for graduates in Spanish

An ability in languages is increasingly valued by employers across all sectors, including industry and business. They recognise that a modern languages degree shows wide cultural experience as well as other personal transferable skills needed in employment.

Previous Spanish graduates have gone into areas such as:

  • teaching
  • journalism
  • law
  • international business
  • publishing
  • media
  • Civil Service
  • non-government organisations.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Employable skills

By studying a degree in Spanish, you will gain the following skills:

  • read, write, listen to and speak in the Spanish language
  • effectively use reference materials
  • develop analytical, critical and specialist skills that can be used in other contexts
  • appreciation and openness towards other cultures
  • deploy skills in ICT, note taking and summarising, library research, mediation, analysis and problem solving.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.


Find out about undergraduate funding opportunities offered by the University of St Andrews.

Undergraduate scholarships


The School of Modern Languages is offering postgraduate scholarships for those applying for an MLitt programme in Modern Languages:

  • two Santander University scholarships worth £5,000 each
  • two Forum for Modern Language Studies scholarships worth £9,000. 

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

The School of Modern Languages offers a number of PhD scholarships and funding opportunities

Funding for PhD students


REF 2014

The School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland for the quality of their publications, and over 70% of research work was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

University league tables

Spanish at St Andrews was rated second in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020, and the School of Modern Languages was ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.


Department of Spanish
University of St Andrews
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
KY16 9PH

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2968

Spanish website  Spanish research portal