Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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MA Spanish and History of Art

UCAS code: RV43

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Spanish and History of Art

One of the five most widely spoken languages in the world, Spanish is your gateway to a great many countries and cultures, including most of Latin America.

Studying Spanish and History of Art 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.

Spanish

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.

History of Art

Beyond the Hispanic world, History of Art will introduce you to art from different periods and cultures. You will learn how and for whom works of art were made, explore their meaning, and discover the ways they were - and continue to be - interpreted.

Flexibility

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 History of Art.

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.

History of Art

In History of Art 1, you'll cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire until the end of the Counter-Reformation.

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

  • classics

  • 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.

History of Art

You will also study History of Art 2, which begins with the 18th century and continues to the present day.

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.

  • For Spanish, you'll take an e-learning language course which will count as part of your third year mark and prepare you for your final year language courses.

  • For History of Art, you'll write two independent research projects, supported by access to recorded lectures and supervision by a member of staff via email or Skype.

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 on Spanish and Latin American history, literature, film and culture, as well as History of Art.

You will also complete your dissertation or long essay.

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 (2021/22)

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 Edinburgh College of Art.

The Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies brings together staff and students from both 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, including the four National Galleries of Scotland.

Spain has a consulate here, and there's 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

History of Art involves trips to galleries and museums.

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.

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

Spanish and History of Art graduates have the intellectual strength and flexibility that so many employers prize in high-level humanities graduates.

There is increasing value attached to the excellent communication skills that come with language learning, and the intercultural and critical awareness provided by international experiences such as the year abroad.

Many of our graduates choose career paths in the arts, cultural, heritage and creative industries, tourism and travel, both at home and abroad.

Others go on to work within the public or third sector, including for international charities or institutions of the European Union (Spanish is an official working language of the EU), or move into translation, teaching or business.

There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level.

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 History of Art

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