Spanish MA (Hons) 2021 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 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.
Master of Arts (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 June 2025
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
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.
If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.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.
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.
The School of Modern Languages has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad variety of interests including world literature, linguistics, cinema, history, gender and identity studies.
Spanish at St Andrews was rated second in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021, and the School of Modern Languages as a whole was ranked first in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2021.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
Find out more about studying Spanish at St Andrews.
In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours), you will take the required modules in Spanish along with modules in at least one additional subject.
Typically, you will take one Spanish module per semester during your first two years, with the option of an additional Spanish module in one semester of your second year.
During your third and fourth years (known as Honours), you will take four modules per semester.
Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.
Two different types of modules are offered in first year:
- intensive foundation courses for beginners or students with an SQA National 5 or GCSE in Spanish
- advanced language and literature courses for those with higher entrance qualifications such as an SQA Higher or GCE A-level.
Students who are beginners or who have studied Spanish to National 5 or GCSE-level are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- Spanish for Beginners 1: initiates Spanish language acquisition with a firm grounding in the syntax, morphology and vocabulary of the language.
- Spanish for Beginners 2: builds on 'Spanish for Beginners 1' and further develops the understanding of Spanish grammar and language. It also adds lectures and seminars (taught in English) on Hispanic film and literature.
Students who have an SQA Higher or a GCE A-Level in Spanish are required to take the following compulsory modules in first year:
- Spanish Language and Texts 1: provides grammar and language instruction alongside reading Spanish texts to provide language in context.
- Spanish Language and Texts 2: builds upon 'Spanish Language and Texts 1' through contemporary and early Spanish texts and increased linguistic difficulty in the study of spoken Spanish.
Students who are ex-beginners in Spanish and wish to move into mainstream studies of Spanish language and literature are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Spanish Language and Texts: ex-Beginners: involves revision and further developing an understanding of the language and intensive practice in oral, spoken and written skills. In the literature component, study is planned so that thorough vocabulary acquisition, analysis of syntax and understanding of extended texts can be realistically achieved.
- Spanish Language and Critical Approaches to Texts 2: language material will reflect cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world, and literary texts are studied in the context of regions and eras including Middle Ages and Renaissance in Spain and modern Spanish America.
Advanced students must take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Spanish Language and Critical Approaches to Texts 1: skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing Spanish are developed through prepared work and class activities. Language material will reflect cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world, and major critical approaches in texts are studied with reference to the genres of poetry, prose and drama.
- Spanish Language and Critical Approaches to Texts 2: language material will reflect cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world and literary texts are studied in the context of regions and eras including Middle Ages and Renaissance in Spain and modern Spanish America.
All students (both advanced and ex-beginners) also have the option of taking the following module, recommended in particular for students wishing to continue their Spanish studies at Honours level:
- Spanish Language and Critical Approaches to Cinema: enhances the language skills of the student, with intensive practice in oral, spoken and written skills. The syllabus is based on a selection of films from Spain and Latin America, which are used as sources for thematic discussion and linguistic development. Weekly film viewings in advance of scheduled classes are part of the programme. Ex-Beginners will normally take this module in Semester 2.
If you take Spanish in third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate literary, historical and cultural studies into language learning. Students of all language levels take the same core modules in Spanish language, including advanced oral, writing and communication skills.
Modules at Honours level in previous years have included (but are not limited to):
- Action Heroes and Anti-heroes in Early-Modern Spain
- Autobiographical Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain
- Linguistic Study of the Spanish Language
- Literary Translation
- Mexico in the Nineteenth Century
- Post-1975 Writing in Spain 1
- Spanish American Literature 1 (Gauchos and Indians)
- Strange Girls and Domestic Angels: Women’s Writing in Spain
- Tales of the Nation
- The Argentine and Chilean Avant-Garde (1920s-1930s).
In fourth year, students have the option of undertaking a dissertation of up to 5,000 words or 10,000 words, written in English, on a topic agreed with a supervisor. This independent project develops key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Spanish as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
Modern language degrees
You can also take Spanish as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject.
“Becoming fluent in Spanish has always been a dream of mine – my family speaks Spanish, and I am now able to hold a conversation! St Andrews offered a pathway not only towards speaking the language, but also an introduction to a whole world of literature previously inaccessible to me. It has been challenging but my lectures and tutors are wonderfully supportive and make it well worth it!”
Caelan (Texas, USA)