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Spanish MA (Hons) 2022 entry

As an MA (Hons) student of Spanish, you will develop language and communications skills to a high level of proficiency. You will be able to choose from a broad range of course options that reflect and explore the rich cultural heritage of Spain and Latin America, including: literature from the Golden Age to the present day, history, linguistics, film and translation.

Spanish at St Andrews caters both for students who are beginners and for those who have already studied Spanish as a main subject at school.

During your third year, you have the opportunity to apply to study abroad in Spain at one of the University’s partner institutions, or in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The MA (Hons) in Spanish is also available as a five-year course with an integrated year abroad. The integrated year abroad is an opportunity for students to spend a year working in a Spanish-speaking country between second year and third year. Find out more about integrated year abroad options.

More information for 2022 entry will be available in September 2021. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2021 page.

How to apply Register your interest

Key information

UCAS code

R410

Course type

Master of Arts (single Honours degree)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: September 2022
  • End date: June 2026

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

    • Standard entry grades: AAAB
    • Minimum entry grades: AABB
    • Gateway entry grades: BBBB
    • Standard entry grades: AAB
    • Minimum entry grades: ABB
    • Standard entry grades: 36 (HL 6,6,5)
    • Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.

For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject-specific entry requirements as outlined on their pages.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary. Modules are not designed for native speakers.

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

  • SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing science
    • Geography
    • Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.
  • GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing Science
    • Geography
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.

Other qualifications

More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

Timetables

St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

Tuition fees for 2022 have not yet been set. For fees for the current year of entry, see the undergraduate fees and funding page. 

Accommodation fees 

Find out about accommodation fees for University accommodation. 

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.

Meet us online

If you're interested in studying at St Andrews, join us on a virtual visiting day or daily information session to find out about our courses, how to apply, and to meet current students.

Virtual visiting days

Undergraduates

Upcoming online visiting days:

  • Wednesday 7 April 2021
  • Wednesday 14 April 2021

All Spanish joint degrees are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.

In taking a joint degree, you are required to take core modules in all of your subjects. Find out more about joint degrees.

Modern language degrees

It is possible to combine a degree in Spanish with two modern languages. Any combination of ArabicFrench, German, Italian, Persian, and Russian is possible.

You can also take Spanish as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject.

If you are taking:

  • Spanish

You can also take one modern language:

And one other subject:

If you are taking:

  • Spanish

You can also take one modern language:

And one other subject:

If you are taking:

  • Spanish

You can also take one modern language:

And one other subject:

If you are taking:

  • Spanish

You can also take one modern language:

And one other subject:

If you are taking:

  • Spanish

You can also take one modern language:

And one other subject:

Combinations involving Management and German are only available to those with previous knowledge of German. 

All Spanish triple degrees are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.

In taking a 'triple' modern languages degree, you are required to take core modules in all of your subjects. Find out more about joint degrees.

"With" degrees

You can take Spanish as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first-named subject.

In taking a "with" degree, you are required to take core modules in all of your subjects. Find out more about joint degrees.

Your future

Careers

Modern languages graduates have an extremely good record of employment after graduating, not only in all sectors that require advanced language skills but also in professional environments that demand good communication and analytical skills.

Employers value language graduates because they demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and intercultural skills.

Many graduates go on to:

  • specialise in translation and interpreting services, in language teaching or other sector-specific careers
  • join international institutions and enterprises, working in international development departments, human resources, administration, media and communication jobs
  • start a career in the banking and financial sector
  • join the civil service, particularly in positions within the Foreign Office.

In addition, many graduates pursue postgraduate study in languages and literatures, translation studies and teaching. Others study law or information technology.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Study abroad

Students studying Spanish may apply to participate in the University-wide St Andrews Abroad programme. You may also have the opportunity to participate in the School Abroad exchange programme. For information about study abroad options, please see the study abroad site.

Working abroad

Completing a work placement abroad is a good opportunity to gain work experience in another culture or language and to enhance valuable skill sets. As part of specific degree programmes in modern languages, you may apply to undertake a work placement abroad for credit.

Students may choose to spend an additional year working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country. Find out more about the integrated year abroad for this course.

Student life

The University of St Andrews offers an array of events and opportunities which result in a truly unique student experience. Students participate in a range of traditions, notably, the red academic gown and the academic family, where older students adopt first-year students as ‘children’ and help guide them in a system of mentoring. These traditions, and the choice of over 150 sports clubs and student societies to choose from, ensure a community feel amongst students from first year onwards.

The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the Byre Theatre, runs Byre World, an exciting programme of events related to the literature, film and cultures of the wider world.

Students of Spanish may be interested in joining the Hispanic Society, which is passionate about all things Spanish and Latin American including food, music, culture and more. The society holds weekly conversation practice, social dinners, sangría nights and lots more.

The School of Modern Languages is situated at the very centre of St Andrews in the Buchanan Building on Union Street. Within the Buchanan Building is the multi-media centre, a digital language lab which students will use as both a component of their module classwork and as part of individual study.

The town of St Andrews itself has lots to offer. As University buildings are located throughout the town, walking around you encounter ancient and modern buildings, parks and beaches, providing a rich, beautiful backdrop to learning. Find out more about the town of St Andrews.

Find out more about student life at the University of St Andrews.

Contact

Department of Spanish
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
KY16 9PH

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2960 
Email: spanishhod@st-andrews.ac.uk   

Department of Spanish

Policies

Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online (PDF, 84 KB).

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