Combined Studies MA (General) January 2021 entry
The MA Combined Studies degree is designed specifically for those returning to education after a significant break. Delivered on a part-time basis in the evening, this course is ideal for those who may have other commitments which prevent them from undertaking full-time study.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University was also named University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
The University has secured a TEF Gold award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Typically, you will take one or two modules per semester. Each module takes place once per week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
You must take the following modules as part of your first 120 credits:
Information Technology 1: provides students with a range of transferable skills for producing degree level essays, documents and presentations, as well as introducing the theoretical concepts around the place of computers in society.
Reading English: introduces a variety of texts in both prose and verse from the 19th and 20th centuries. You learn literary analysis skills, gain an introduction to academic writing, and develop essay writing skills.
Introduction to Psychology 1: introduces you to some of the key areas of modern psychology. This module will help you develop your scientific analysis and critical thinking skills.
Alongside your initial compulsory modules in English, Information Technology and Psychology, you will be able to build your own degree by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. Each semester there are a number of modules on offer across different subjects and at different levels.
A full list of the current modules can be found in the Part-time prospectus 2020-2021 (PDF)
Optional St Andrews-based modules are currently available in the following subjects:
- Art History
- Earth Sciences
- Physics and Astronomy
- Social Anthropology
Subjects provisionally available from the University of Dundee are:
- European Studies
Subjects available through the Open University in Scotland: