What will I learn?

The research of the Spanish and Latin American studies strand of the Department of Languages and Cultures is essentially multi-disciplinary. It covers not only the cultural production of the Iberian Peninsula but also Latin American and Caribbean nations and their sociocultural realities, with research areas that encompass literary analysis as well as cultural studies approaches. Spanish and Latin American Studies at Reading is also founding links with colleagues in other departments and subject areas at the University, including the Henley Business School via LACRUS (Latin American and Caribbean Rural and Urban Studies Group).

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a friendly and supportive environment to research students. The collaboration between the programmes of French, German, Italian and Spanish and Latin American Studies within the Department, as well as with complementary departments within Reading, cognate departments in neighbouring universities, and foreign universities provides further opportunities for contact with other researchers.

As a postgraduate research student in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University Reading, you will become part of a vibrant community. You will contribute to the Department's interdisciplinary research culture, and benefit from the mentoring provided by an integrated and supportive research community.


Our PhD students go on to work in academia as postdoctoral researchers and lecturers, but also quickly find employment in a variety of sectors such as publishing and the media; library-related services; advertising; and secondary school education.

Which department am I in?

Languages and Cultures

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£17,320.00 (US$ 23,684) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Reading

Whiteknights House,

PO Box 217,



RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirements

For international students

To be accepted on our PhD programme, you will need a Master's degree or equivalent in a subject related to your proposed PhD research topic and have the necessary language competence for the distinct areas of language study offered by the Department (French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and a range of medieval languages). If you are from outside of the UK, you will also need to demonstrate you have a certain level of proficiency with written and spoken English and achieve an overall IELTS score of 7.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Reading

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  • Approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • 98 per cent of the research rated internationally recognised
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