Undergraduate study - 2021 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 enables you to study two major world languages in the context of the histories, literatures, cultures and societies of the many countries, globally, in which they're spoken.

Through intense training in both French and Spanish, you have the opportunity to acquire near-native fluency while gaining the broad cultural education prized by graduate employers.

Both languages rank in the world's 10 most widely spoken, and have had a profound cultural influence, not only in Europe, but in Africa and the Americas.

Alongside intensive study of French and Spanish, you will explore Francophone and Hispanic culture – literature, cinema, fascinating political history and philosophical ideas. We can offer you a wide range of courses spanning the Middle Ages to the 21st century, including specialist options taught by leading experts in their field.

Uniquely in Scotland, studying at Edinburgh enables you to take a full year abroad as part of your four-year undergraduate programme, either studying, teaching or working. You'll therefore spend Year 3 in countries where French and Spanish are spoken.

Another attractive characteristic of this programme is its flexibility. This means that in Years 1 and 2, you’ll choose option courses drawn from a broad list of disciplines in addition to your core subjects.

One of the most attractive characteristics of this programme is its flexibility.

This means that in Years 1 and 2, you’ll choose option courses drawn from a broad list of disciplines in addition to your core subjects of French and Spanish.

This may enable you to change the focus of your programme in your honours years (Years 3 and 4).

Year 1

In Year 1 you will study French, Spanish and a third course from a wide range offered by the University of Edinburgh.

You will develop your spoken and written language skills and will study aspects of literature and culture.

Year 2

You will build on the language skills you developed in Year 1 and learn more about Francophone and Hispanic culture and society.

You will also choose two further courses from a range on literature, culture and film, drawing on expertise across European languages and cultures, including the option to study Portuguese, Basque or Catalan.

Year 3

You'll spend Year 3 abroad, dividing your 30 weeks between French and Spanish, and spending at least eight weeks in a country relevant to each language, either studying or completing a work/teaching placement.

During your year abroad, we'll 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 example, you'll take e-learning courses which will count as part of your third year mark and prepare you for your fourth year language courses.

Year 4

In Year 4 you will choose courses on topics such as film and literature, history, politics or language. You will also either write a long essay or complete a dissertation in your choice of French or Spanish.

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 (2019/20)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place in and around the University of Edinburgh's central area in a world-leading festival city bursting with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, including outstanding French and Spanish holdings in the National Library of Scotland.

Edinburgh's European cinema scene is particularly strong, with annual festivals for both French and Spanish film - the latter started by our staff. There's plenty to see and do throughout the year, including at the nearby Institut français d’Écosse and through the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh.

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

We are home to the student-led French theatre society (Les Escogriffes), stage an annual Spanish play, and publish student work in French, Spanish and seven other European languages in our online creative writing magazine, Babble.

Study abroad

You'll spend Year 3 abroad, dividing your 30 weeks between French and Spanish, and spending at least eight weeks in a country relevant to each language. This is your chance to immerse yourself in Francophone and 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 and computer-assisted language 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 (2019/20)

Studying languages and cultures to degree level, especially when you spend a year abroad as part of your studies, gives you a set of skills and life experiences highly prized by employers.

With a qualification in French and Spanish, you’ll know two major world languages and will be ideally placed to seek opportunities in the many countries where they are official and working languages, as well as those in which they are understood.

The employment statistics for language graduates from the University of Edinburgh are impressive. Our graduates can be found in every kind of career, especially those that place a premium on thinking that is both disciplined and imaginative.

Naturally, many of our former students are working in areas where linguistic skills are of special value, such as education, translating and interpreting, including for multinational companies, political institutions and other organisations.

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

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AAAB. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 43 points with 776 at HL - 37 points with 666 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: French or Spanish at B. National 5s: French at B if not at Higher and English at C.
  • A Levels: French or Spanish at B. GCSEs: French at B or 6 (if not at A Level) and English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: French or Spanish at 5. SL: French at 5 (if not at HL) and 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

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 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 componens.

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 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.

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.

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