Learn the language of over 500 million people and explore the great continuities and shifts within Spanish and Spanish-American culture, from its early beginnings to today.

At St Andrews, you can study Spanish in many contexts, including:

  • journalism
  • history
  • commerce
  • translation
  • linguistics
  • literature
  • cinema.
Flamenco dancer on Plaza de Espana, by Owen Hope


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including:

  • literature
  • linguistics
  • cinema
  • history
  • gender
  • identity studies. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

“Becoming fluent in Spanish has always been a dream of mine – my family speaks Spanish, and I am now able to hold a conversation! St Andrews offered a pathway not only towards speaking the language, but also an introduction to a whole world of literature previously inaccessible to me. It has been challenging but my lectures and tutors are wonderfully supportive and make it well worth it!”

- Texas, USA


First in Scotland and second in the UK for languages and linguistics

Guardian University Guide 2023

First in Scotland and fourth in the UK for Iberian languages

The Complete University Guide 2023

83% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)