Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

MA French and Spanish

UCAS code: RR14

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA French and Spanish

This programme will enable you to study two European languages as well as the literature, artistic developments and theories associated with them. The programme aims to develop your engagement with the languages, histories, literatures, cultures and societies of Francophone and Hispanic countries. Through intense training in the target language you will acquire near-native fluency.

Beyond the intensive study of the French language, you will explore the exciting contribution of French speakers to world culture. French political and philosophical ideas have played a central role in creating our modern civilisation.

As a large subject area, the French department at Edinburgh can offer you a wide range of courses spanning the Middle Ages to the 21st century - including specialist options in literature, film and politics - taught by leading specialists in their field.

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Its literatures and cultures are diverse and vibrant and have influenced countries and cultures around the world. Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies at the University of Edinburgh will not only perfect your language skills but will provide opportunities to explore the Hispanic culture and its geographical and historical diversity.

Year 1

In Year 1 you will study two languages and can choose a third course from a different area of the University. You will develop your spoken and written language skills and will study aspects of literature and culture.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will build on the language skills you developed in Year 1 and will choose a third course from a range, including Introduction to European Cinema, Introduction to European Theatre, Literature and Culture in Medieval Europe, Politics and Institutions of Contemporary France and Prose Fiction in Comparative Perspective and cultural topics.

If you wish to study Catalan, you can start to learn about the language, history and culture of Catalonia.

Year 3

You will spend most of Year 3 abroad either studying or working as a language assistant in a school.

Year 4

In Year 4 you will choose courses on topics such as film and literature, history, politics or language. You will also complete a dissertation.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on 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 structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place in and around the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, in the University's Central Area. We are based in a state-of-the-art building, at 50 George Square, which houses computer microlabs, a language resource centre, and social facilities as well as tutors' offices and lecture theatres.

Study abroad

During Year 3, you will spend a minimum of 30 weeks on approved work or study placement in the country/countries relevant to the language/s studied.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and computer-assisted language learning. In Year 4 all your courses will be taught exclusively in French.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework.

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 (2018/19)

The employment statistics for French graduates from the University of Edinburgh are impressive. Naturally, our graduates are well placed to enter employment where linguistic skills are of special value, for instance education, translating and interpreting, and international business.

Within the EU, there is a high demand for graduates with a knowledge of the language and culture of one or more countries. Our graduates can be found in every kind of career, especially those that place a premium on thinking that is both disciplined and imaginative, from physical theatre to the top of the Civil Service.

Typical offer range

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Access threshold

The access threshold for a contextual offer is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Find out more about access thresholds and contextual offers

Detailed requirements for all applicants

To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, including French or Spanish, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: French at Grade B if not at Higher, English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including at least one of French or Spanish. GCSEs: French at Grade B or 6 if not at A Level, English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including at least one of French or Spanish. SL: French at 5 if not at Higher Level, English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

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

Mature applicant qualifications

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


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

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA French and Spanish

Additional costs

For your compulsory residence abroad in Year 3, we give you a wide range of options. Your costs will depend on where you decide to go, and how you spend your time. A placement with an Erasmus work grant, for example, could make this the cheapest year of your programme.

Universities outside the EU 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 the cost implications as you plan your year abroad, during Year 2.


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