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Estudios Hispánicos, Lengua, Literatura, Historia y Pensamiento

Programa de Doctorado en Estudios Hispánicos

The PhD Programme in Hispanic Studies (language, literature, history and thought) meets the demand of professionals and researchers in the different areas of knowledge regarding Hispanism. In general, the PhD Programme fosters research in Spanish language and linguistics, Spanish and Hispanic-American Literature, medieval Spanish history and Spanish and Hispanic-American thought.

The PhD Programme in Hispanic Studies welcomes Spanish and foreign students interested in developing an excellence research project under the tutelage of prestigious researchers and experts, both nationally and internationally. Students admitted to the Programme have the institutional support and research infrastructure of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

In the area of Spanish Language, our programme fosters doctoral research in any of the disciplines and fields of linguistic and philological research, trains highly qualified Spanish teachers, favours the teaching of Spanish worldwide and promotes advances in the knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

In the area of Spanish Literature, the programme promotes doctoral research on subjects related to authors, periods, poetics and processes of Spanish literature and the literature of Hispanic- American countries, as well as the very diverse historical and cultural contexts in which such literatures have developed.

In the area of History, it provides an interdisciplinary view of the various aspects of Spanish medievalism, from a perspective that analyses the study areas in a clearly comprehensive space-time, socio-economic and ideological framework.  The Iberian Peninsula and its complex nature in the medieval period represent a singularly attractive framework for Spanish and foreign researchers.

In the area of Spanish and Ibero-American Thought, the programme fosters PhD theses which imply researching the original sources of Spanish tradition, the history of Hispanic-American countries, and the reciprocal influences between Spain and the Hispanic-American countries.

Therefore, the PhD Programme in Hispanic Studies is an international benchmark programme in the field of Hispanism.

In the next admission period (advanced period) between 1 March 2022 and 15 May 2022, the PhD Programme in Hispanic Studies: Language, Literature, History and Thought will offer 4 of the 20 places for the academic year 2022/23. In the first period (30 June 2022-October 2022), 11 places will be offered and, in the second period (30 October 2022-15 January 2023), 5 places.

To apply for the PhD Program, a C1 certified level of Spanish will be required (only DELE o SIELE certificates will be accepted) for those whose mother tongue is not Spanish.

Research lines

  • Research line 1: Spanish literature and thought
  • Research line 2: Spanish language
  • Research line 3: Interdisciplinary studies in Spanish medievalism


Research subject areas:

  • Spanish language:
    • Lexicology and lexicography, grammar, semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis.
    • Applied linguistics of Spanish (sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, ethnolinguistics, neurolinguistics and translation).
    • Spanish as L2/LE. Acquisition and teaching.
    • History of Spanish, variation, change and linguistic contact.
  • Literature:
    • Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Present.
    • History of literary genres in Europe and America.
    • Relationship between Spanish literature and other art forms (film, painting, music, etc.).
    • Cultural studies in Hispanic literatures.
  • History (Spanish medievalism):
    • Political culture and elites in urban Spain in the Late Middle Ages.
    • Holy wars, religious violence and the Crusades in the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages.
    • Cultures and spaces in contact in the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean.
    • Thought, memory and political power in the Spanish kingdoms.
    • Written culture, handwritten documents and books, and edition of sources in Spain in the Middle Ages.
  • Thought
    • From the New Spain tradition to contemporary Mexico: the Mexican Enlightenment, the era of independence and 20th-century Mexico.
    • History of Spanish thought: mainly the 19th-century liberal tradition and the dialogue with Europe and America.
    • Relationship between philosophy and literature in 20th-century thought: from the end-of-century crisis to the 1939 exile.
    • Spanish thought in the last decades.
    • Thought, culture and religious currents in the Iberian Peninsula and the colonial environment during the Modern Age.


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