PhD in Spanish

The PhD is an opportunity to engage in advanced research. This research can be carried out in any area within the Faculty of Arts, provided that supervision is available and the research proposal and supervision arrangements are provided by the University.

The PhD consists of a thesis of an internationally recognised standard that makes an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in its field. Normally the thesis my not exceed 100,000 words or 250 pages. An oral examination takes place after the thesis has been submitted.

Research opportunities

  • Spanish and Latin American film studies
  • Colonial / Postcolonial cultural-literary criticism
  • 19th/20th-century Spanish culture and politics
  • Early-Modern Iberian and Colonial Latin American studies
  • Spanish and Latin America women writers and gender studies
  • Subaltern studies, indigenous and Amerindian cultures
  • Popular culture, music and social change, detective fiction
  • Mexican and Caribbean cultural-literary studies
  • Catalan, Galician and Portuguese-Brazilian studies
  • General Hispanic linguistics, Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology and dialectology
  • Theory and practice of Spanish translation


The PhD is expected to be completed in three or four full-time years, although it may be possible to complete on a part-time basis.


The usual requirement is a master's degree with Honours (First Class or Second Class, First Division) from the University of Auckland, or an approved equivalent qualification. You must also have demonstrated an ability to pursue doctoral level research. All candidates must submit a research proposal and obtain registration. 

Further information about PhD study