Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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MA Spanish and Classics

UCAS code: RQ48

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Spanish and Classics

Many of the basic concepts underlying Western society found expression for the first time in ancient Greek or Latin. Together with Spanish, they are the language of many highly influential literary and cultural works.

Studying Spanish and Classics helps us understand the world in which we live now, as well as shedding light on the past.

On our programme, you have the opportunity to develop advanced spoken and written language skills while gaining the broad cultural education prized by graduate employers.

We are unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working.

Another attractive characteristic of this programme is its flexibility. This means that in Years 1 and 2, you will choose option courses drawn from a broad list of disciplines in addition to your core subjects. You can, for example, opt to study Portuguese, Basque or Catalan in Year 2.

One of the most attractive characteristics of this programme is its flexibility. This means that in Years 1 and 2, you will choose option courses drawn from a wide range of disciplines in addition to your core subjects of Spanish and Classics.

As well as broadening your education and skill set, this may enable you to change the focus of your programme in your honours years (Years 3 and 4).

Year 1

Spanish

You will study either Spanish 1A or 1B, depending on your language skills, and a selection of literary texts and films from the Spanish-speaking world.

Classics

For the Classics side of the programme, you will select two courses, studying either the Greek and/or Roman World, or Greek, or Latin.

The courses you choose in Year 1 will influence those you can take in further years and will put you on a Greek, Latin or non-language pathway through Classics study.

Option courses

You'll complete your Year 1 studies with option courses chosen from a wide range offered by the University of Edinburgh. These include - but are not limited to courses in:

  • business

  • politics

  • social policy

  • informatics

  • economics

  • history (including art and architectural history)

  • archaeology

  • philosophy

  • linguistics

  • divinity

You can also opt to study another language, with classes suitable for complete beginners.

Year 2

Spanish

You will continue to develop your spoken and written language skills and to study Spanish and Latin American culture.

Classics

You will study two Classics courses, following your pathway in Greek, or Latin, or one or more of ancient history, classical art and archaeology, and classical literature in translation.

Option courses

As in Year 1, you will also choose other courses from a wide range offered by the University. These include a great selection in European languages and cultures, allowing you to study literature, film and theatre in themed and comparative contexts.

You can also opt to study Portuguese, Basque or Catalan.

Year 3

If international travel restrictions allow, you will spend your third year in a Spanish-speaking country, turning classroom learning into living engagement with Hispanic culture. You will either study or do a work placement, such as working as a teaching assistant in a school.

Whether studying or working, our graduates have told us how much the year abroad has benefited their broader life experience and skills, as well as their understanding of the Spanish language and culture.

During your year abroad, we will aim to ensure your experience is as beneficial as possible to your final year, as well as to your wider language learning, cultural awareness and skills development.

You will complete prescribed work in both Classics and Spanish, for example taking an e-learning language course which will count as part of your Year 3 mark and prepare you for your final year language courses.

If international travel is not possible, you will be offered an alternative means of engaging with your subjects, enabling you to meet your learning outcomes and preparing you for your final year.

Year 4

You will study advanced language courses and choose from a range of specialist courses in both Spanish and Classics.

You will also complete your dissertation or long essay.

Our facilities

Teaching takes place in and around the University of Edinburgh's Central Area.

The University has excellent computing and audiovisual resources, support services and social spaces, including many in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

The Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies brings together staff and students from a number of different subject areas, and there's a range of Hispanic student societies.

We stage an annual Spanish play and publish student work in nine European languages - including Spanish - in our online creative writing magazine, Babble.

Spanish in Edinburgh city

Edinburgh is a world-leading festival city filled with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections. Spain has a consulate here, and there is a large community of Spanish speakers.

Edinburgh's European cinema scene is particularly strong, and we are proud to contribute to its success through the annual Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival which was started by our staff.

Study abroad

If international travel restrictions allow, you will spend Year 3 (a minimum of 30 weeks) in a Spanish-speaking country.

This is your chance to immerse yourself in Hispanic culture, and to develop your broader life experience and skills towards life after university.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of:

  • lectures

  • seminars

  • tutorials

  • computer-assisted learning

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework - including presentations, podcasts and posters - as well as exams, including oral exams.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2021/22)

Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and, together with Classics, is your gateway to a great many countries and cultures in Europe and Latin America.

Employers increasingly value the excellent communication skills and imaginative thinking that come with language learning, and the intercultural and critical awareness provided by international experiences such as the Year Abroad.

In many careers, oral and written language skills - including in translation and interpreting - give you a competitive edge, both at home and abroad.

Our graduates have go on to work in the public, private and third sectors, including for international charities or institutions of the European Union (Spanish is an official working language of the EU), or move into the creative industries, outreach and teaching, heritage, tourism and travel.

There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level, with Year 4 in particular developing the research skills you will need if you choose this path.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA-AAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: a language other than English at B. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: a language other than English at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: a language other than English at 5. SL: English at 5.

Additional requirements

Language requirement

For degrees that have a subject requirement of a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Spanish and Classics

Additional costs

If international travel restrictions allow, you will spend Year 3 abroad. Your costs will depend on where you decide to go, and how you spend your time.

Individual study placements may charge you a fee for courses, but we will reimburse you for this provided the course has been approved.

You will be informed about any cost implications as you plan your year abroad, during Year 2.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding