Portuguese is the sixth largest language in the world, spoken by over 270 million people in over 10 countries, spanning four continents. Spanish at Birmingham is long-established and well-reputed, with world-class research.


What we teach

You will be taught and supervised by international scholars with a wide range of expertise. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, over 75% of our research in the Department of Modern Languages has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Our staff have a wide range of teaching interests, from Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature and historical diasporas to Portuguese identities and contemporary Portuguese film and culture.

How we teach

The aim of the department is to put students at the centre of the learning process, with an engaging approach to small-group teaching and student-led seminars.

Our sector-leading blended approach to teaching means that our students develop linguistic fluency alongside cultural fluency. As a result, our programmes create graduates who will be able to connect with people and employers who speak their target language on the same cultural wavelength. By extension, our programmes will help make our graduates subject experts, using their languages well to establish relationships and careers in their target language.

Learn more

For more information about studying French, German, Hispanic/ Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Catalan, English as a Modern Foreign Language and/ or Translation at Birmingham, please visit

Outside of your studies

Birmingham is one of the most culturally mixed cities in the UK. For centuries, people have travelled across the country and the world to build their lives here.

The city hosts around 50 annual festivals - so there is always something happening in the city celebrating diversity, community and innovative intercultural exchanges. Birmingham’s restaurant scene also offers around 30 different nationalities and styles of cooking. The city is also home to Birmingham International Airport, the third largest airport in the UK, for fantastic access to destinations of your target language.

The University of Birmingham’s Guild of Students run active language societies and produce an on-campus magazine – The UoB Linguist – for students interested in culture and languages.