Welcome to Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Welcome to SPLAS. We are so glad you are here. Here you can find information you'll need for your School induction. To help you feel settled and ready to start a new and exciting chapter of your life, you can find more information about arriving at Leeds in the Arrival section of the For Students website. There is also a page designed for new students in the School of Languages Cultures and Societies.

Induction Week

During induction week, you will:

  • Meet key academics and student representatives and attend essential induction lectures.

  • Have the opportunity to put yourself forward as a student rep for your cohort.

  • Have time to peruse the Leeds University Union's Freshers Fair, where you can sample and join a whole host of societies.

Registration, IT access and Minerva

To access Minerva (the Virtual Learning Environment full of useful info and links for your modules), you will need to register and get a University username.

Independent learning

The first year of your programme with us provides you with a solid knowledge and skills base both in Spanish and/or Portuguese language, and in the other area of our teaching (what we call ‘content’). In lectures and seminars, you will be exposed to all of the topics in which members of staff specialize (language and language-related issues, culture, and history). By the end of Level 1, therefore, you will be in an excellent position to choose which of the diverse, more challenging modules you wish to study at Levels 2 and 3, and to make the most of the opportunities that each offers.

Find out more about your course and the modules that you’ll be studying on our School page.

The Programme Manager for SPLAS is Professor Duncan Wheeler. If you have any questions about your course/modules, then please do just contact Duncan. There are no such things as stupid or silly questions!

Making the grade

While your first year results don’t go towards your final degree classification, that doesn’t mean that it’s an excuse for a year off! Firstly, statistics show that a good first year translates into overall degree success. Secondly, a strong performance at Level 1 gives you greater choice as regards what you do on your Year Abroad in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country. A minimum mark of 60 in your Level 1 language module(s) is required if you wish to look for a Work Placement or a British Council Teaching Assistantship. University places abroad are also allocated to those students with higher marks in Spanish or Portuguese language when demand is high.


From the very beginning of your degree programme with us, you will be rewarded for the quality of the research that you carry out in preparation for your assessments. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the innovative research that is conducted in the department. Over the course of your first year with us, you will be introduced to a variety of research skills and resources that you will then practise in seminar discussion and written work. The feedback we provide on this will stand you in good stead for the rest of your studies, during which you will be encouraged to become increasingly independent in your research. The research skills you develop over the course of your first three years at Leeds (including time spent abroad) will be essential for your Final-Year Project, which all University of Leeds undergraduates complete as part of their degree.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.