PhD Program

Gain specialized knowledge of Hispanic (Spanish) Studies in our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program at UBC Vancouver.


Degree Requirements

The first two years of the PhD degree program are devoted to coursework, preparing and taking the Comprehensive Examination, and obtaining approval of the Thesis Proposal. The following years are devoted to the writing and defence of the thesis.

In the first 16 months of the program, a minimum of 18 credits of coursework numbered above 500 must be completed, three of which may be taken in another department (six exceptionally). A first-class average is required in these courses. Additional coursework may be required for candidates who have deficiencies in certain areas.

The supervisory committee must meet at least once a year.


Courses for 2021-2022

SPAN 504C: Cine y fotografía documental en la España contemporánea
(Dr. Anna Casas)

SPAN 505B: Barroco y neobarroco en el mundo hispánico: los casos de España y Cuba
(Dr. Raúl Álvarez-Moreno)

SPAN 520A: Women Breaking/Bridging Borders: Intercultural Performance in Transatlantic Literature
(Dr. Elizabeth Lagresa)

SPAN 590C: Narconarrativas de América Latina
(Dr. Jon Beasley-Murray)


Program Overview

The candidate will fill out the Comprehensive Examination Committee approval form.

The candidate will take the comprehensive examination in April of the second year (if your graduate program started in September) or August/September of the second year (if your graduate program started in January).

The candidate will defend the PhD thesis proposal in September of the third year (if your graduate program started in September) or January of the third year (if your graduate program started in January).

The candidate will fill out the Supervisory Committee approval form after passing the PhD thesis proposal defence.

The final doctoral examination is the culmination of years of research and writing. It is the last step toward the conferral of the doctoral degree.

An Annual Progress Report must be submitted by March 1st for every year that the student is enrolled in the program.

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