MA Spanish

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages around the world. The official language of Spain, the majority of Latin-American countries and Equatorial Guinea, which offers a rich variety of cultures and literatures to research.


There is great potential for Spanish speakers in Africa especially in the fields of tourism and hospitality, international relations, journalism, translation and interpreting and teaching.

New research related to the Africanization of the academic curriculum is encouraged and promoted at the department.

Masters is offered by dissertation only. Research topics are chosen in conjunction with the department and its areas of expertise.

Entry Requirements

• A bachelors degree with Honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate or equivalent.
• A supervisor from the department of Spanish and Latin American Studies must be identified and approached prior to application.

The department reserves the right to assess the applicant’s suitability to complete the degree. Research topics are chosen in conjunction with the supervisor and their areas of expertise.

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.