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MA Spanish and Business

UCAS code: RN41

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Introducing MA Spanish and Business

Spanish is the official language in 20 countries and is widely spoken in four more territories, including the United States. In addition to having over 400 million native speakers, it is spoken as a second language by around nine million people, globally, making it an excellent partner subject to Business.

Spanish

Studying Spanish at the University of Edinburgh, you will be immersed in an extraordinary range of literature, film, poetry and theatre from around the world, explored in its historical context.

You will receive intensive language training, giving you the opportunity to develop advanced spoken and written skills.

You will learn how to discern different varieties and registers of Spanish, and gain crucial intercultural competencies.

Business

Studying Business will prepare you for the social, political and cultural challenges facing contemporary businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations.

You will develop the personal and professional competencies required to work across a range of roles in contemporary business including:

  • finance

  • strategy

  • marketing

  • human resource management

  • data analytics

  • entrepreneurship and innovation

The Business School student development team provide opportunities for you to develop a range of essential business graduate competencies. You may take undergraduate Edinburgh Awards supported by an alumni professional mentor and trained coaches:

  • Personal and Professional Development (Year 2)

  • Effective and Responsible Leadership (Year 3 or 4)

Edinburgh Award

You can also participate in a large number of business societies, business events and peer-support schemes.

Why Edinburgh

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.

The programme is extremely flexible. In Years 1 and 2, you will choose option courses from a wide range of disciplines, and specialise as you progress through your honours years.

Our programmes are also highly sought-after and accredited by a wide range of leading business education organisations and professional bodies. We have leading graduate employers involved across the curriculum.

When you graduate, you will have the combination of broad cultural education and specialist knowledge valued by employers worldwide.

Accreditation

Business School programmes are accredited by a range of world-leading business education organisations and professional bodies, and we have strong links to the world of practice through research, consultancy and teaching.

Details of our accreditation and rankings

This programme holds double accreditation from international ranking bodies:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

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

In Years 1 and 2, your pre-honours years, you will choose option courses from a wide range of disciplines in addition to your core subjects of Spanish and Business.

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

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.

Business

You will take two business courses:

  • Global Challenges for Business

  • The Business of Edinburgh

These courses introduce key concepts of management and business including:

  • strategy

  • finance

  • marketing

  • the management of people

Option courses

You will complete your Year 1 studies with option courses chosen from a wide range offered by the University of Edinburgh.

You can, for example, opt to study another language, such as Portuguese. Like the majority of our languages, the course is suitable for complete beginners and includes cultural study.

Other options include, but are not limited to, courses in:

  • linguistics and language sciences

  • business, economics and informatics

  • politics, social policy and social anthropology

  • art and architectural history

  • history, classics and archaeology

  • Celtic and Scottish ethnology

  • philosophy, divinity and law

Year 2

Spanish

You will continue to develop your spoken and written language skills and deepen your understanding of Spanish and Latin American cultures.

Business

You will choose three optional courses from a range of business options, which develop the concepts introduced in Year 1.

These courses are typically in disciplines such as:

  • finance

  • marketing

  • innovation and entrepreneurship

  • organisation studies

  • international business

  • business analytics

  • understanding and delivering public services

  • human resource management

  • business economics

  • business simulation

Option courses

You will complete your Year 2 studies with an option course chosen from a 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.

Alternatively, you can opt to study Catalan or a course in an aspect of linguistics.

Year 3

International travel restrictions permitting, you will spend Year 3 in a Spanish-speaking country, immersing yourself in the language.

The University has exchange places in a wide variety of universities in Spain and Latin America. Alternatively, you may be eligible to do a teaching assistant placement with an organisation such as the British Council – or other work placement – instead.

Our graduates report how much the year abroad has benefited their general life experience and skills, as well as their understanding of cultures in context and the Spanish language.

During your year abroad, we will aim to ensure your overall 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 Business 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.

business long essay

This is an important assignment where you will work directly with one or more staff advisors to develop and complete an independent piece of research. The subject, of your choosing, must deal with a contemporary issue, relating closely to the country in which you are spending your year abroad.

Year 4

You will study advanced language courses, including in translation.

You will also choose from a range of specialist, honours-level courses in both Spanish and Business.

For Spanish, these include courses in Spanish-language:

  • literature
  • film
  • history
  • language
  • politics

You will complete either a dissertation or a long essay.

Our facilities

On campus

When you are on campus, you can expect to spend most of your time in the University of Edinburgh's Central Area - in class, in the library, in a business lab, or in one of the University’s many social spaces.

A number of our Spanish courses have developed online resources to complement the core materials. These resources are designed to be accessible from home, or from the campus' excellent computing facilities.

The Central Area is located on the edge of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, surrounded by lots of green space.

Take a virtual tour of the Central Area

Libraries, collections and centres

Based in the Main University Library, the Centre for Research Collections is unique in the UK. The centre brings together a collection of more than 400,000 rare books and six kilometres of archives and manuscripts. It also houses the University’s collections of art, historical musical instruments and other objects.

Spanish and Latin American treasures in the University's collections include:  

  • a 1629 edition of Cervantes  

  • early translations of The Lusiads  

  • paintings by Murillo and Picasso  

  • Jan Fairley’s rich collection of Latin American music recordings and interviews 

The Library also holds books, journals and databases for the study of both Spanish and Business, including around 27,000 books and 5,000 journals in Spanish. For specialist business analytics, business research and finance related courses, the Business School has dedicated teaching labs (and associated software and databases).

The Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies brings together staff and students from a number of different subject areas, including:

  • languages

  • geography

  • politics

  • history

  • social anthropology

Events and activities

The Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) supports more than 300 student-led societies and clubs, including the Spanish Society. It also supports a range of social enterprises and promotes opportunities with local charities through its volunteering centre.

Staff and student editors publish creative writing in nine European languages – including Spanish – in our online magazine, Babble. Launch nights typically include readings and performances.

Edinburgh Innovations runs an enterprise service for students, offering advice, funding and support at every stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

In the city

Edinburgh is a world-leading festival city filled with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections.

Edinburgh’s world cinema scene is particularly strong, and we are proud to contribute to its success through collaborations with IberoDocs and with the annual Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival. This Festival was started and developed by our very own colleagues, and offers students the chance to get involved in events planning and delivery and to use their Spanish outside the classroom.

Spain has a consulate here, and there is a large community of Spanish speakers.

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

  • e-learning

  • group projects and presentations

How will I be assessed?

For Spanish, you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams, including:

  • research bibliographies

  • close-reading commentaries

  • essays

  • presentations, podcasts and posters

  • oral language exams

Business courses are assessed by a diverse and innovative range of methods and often take the form of formative work, as well as summative assessment, including, for example:

  • blogs (written and/or video)
  • case study analysis
  • computer-based timed assignments
  • consultancy reports
  • reflective diaries/journals
  • essays
  • exams
  • presentations (face-to-face/video; group and individual)

Skills and experience

Combining a language with business demonstrates that you are a good communicator, a resourceful problem solver, and someone open to other cultures and new ideas – what employers value as intercultural competence.

Our business programmes are highly sought-after and accredited by a wide range of leading business education organisations and professional bodies.

Beyond the language and business skills you will develop on this joint honours programme, and the nuanced understanding you will gain of diverse cultures and societies, graduating with a four-year Master of Arts degree from the University of Edinburgh shows intellectual maturity and flexibility.

The skills you will be able to demonstrate to employers when you graduate include the ability to understand, analyse and articulate key concepts, and to manage your time to meet project deadlines, both independently and in groups.

Opportunities at home and away

One of the five most widely spoken languages in the world, Spanish is your gateway to a great many countries and cultures, including a large number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and a growing community of speakers in the United States.

In addition to having over 400 million native speakers, it is spoken as a second language by around nine million people, globally.

This joint honours programme is an ideal primer for a career in business, finance and commerce, but an understanding of the Spanish language also opens other doors.

In addition to the business sector, previous graduates have gone on to work in:

  • communications, marketing, advertising and public relations

  • education, outreach, advocacy and training

  • journalism, broadcasting and media

  • leisure, tourism and travel

  • politics, policy work, diplomacy, civil service and law

  • publishing, culture, heritage and the arts

  • research, development and venture acceleration

  • translating and interpreting

Careers span the private, public, not-for-profit, and for-benefit sectors.

Further study

The enhanced research skills you will develop on a four-year programme, particularly in your honours years, are a valuable asset if you wish to continue studying at postgraduate level.

At the University of Edinburgh, we typically offer a Masters by Research degree in Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies and taught MSc programmes in:

  • Comparative Literature

  • Intermediality

  • Translation Studies

  • Global Strategy and Sustainability

  • International Human Resource management

  • a range of other business areas

Careers advice

We have an excellent Careers Service. Throughout your time with us, we will encourage you to identify and hone your employability skills, including through peer initiatives such as Life After LLC (Literatures, Languages and Cultures) where you can draw inspiration from our graduates.

Be inspired by our alumni

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: Mathematics at B and English at C.
  • A Levels: a language other than English at B. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6 and English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: a language other than English at 5. SL: English at 5 and either Mathematics at 5 or Mathematical Studies at 6.

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
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

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, PTE Academic, 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 Business

Additional costs

As long as international restrictions allow, you will spend Year 3 abroad. The costs incurred will depend on where you decide to go, and how you spend your time.

Some study placements at language schools may charge a fee, but we will normally reimburse you for tuition costs as long as your activity has been approved. You will be responsible for associated travel costs such as flights and visas.

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