Introduction

English and Spanish & Latin American Studies at Aberdeen gives you all the advantages of the UK’s second top research hub for English literature, language and creative writing. You will study this programme within an international context through top-quality teaching of the Spanish language and the literature, history and cultures of Spain and Latin America. This subject combination is ideal preparation for a career across the creative arts and media.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
QR43
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Aberdeen is a leading centre for the study of literature, language and creative writing, rated second in the UK for its research output. You will study poetry and prose through the dynamic relationship between author, reader and literary text, covering every period from Chaucer to contemporary English, Scottish, Irish, European and American writing and the cultural and critical impact of powerful and controversial modern works. You will be inspired by enthusiastic teachers and researchers, themselves acclaimed authors and poets and be encouraged to develop your own creative writing skills.

Aberdeen is one of the most dynamic places to study and research the Spanish language and the cultural frameworks in countries where it is spoken. You will be equipped with the skills to communicate in a global language, spoken by 350 million native Spanish speakers in 19 Latin American states, Spain, and increasingly in the US. You will also study historical, literary and cultural texts, films and visual culture.

As an integral part of your 4-year programme, you will spend half of year two developing your language skills as a teaching assistant or visiting student in a Spanish-speaking country.

You will graduate well prepared for a wide range of careers including across the arts, publishing, media, with the international dimension opening opportunities in business, international organisations and development, tourism and many other options.

What You'll Study

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses
Academic Writing for Language & Literature (AW1008)

This compulsory evaluation is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide support to improve. It is completed on-line via MyAberdeen with clear instructions to guide you through it. If you pass the evaluation at the first assessment it will not take much of your time. If you do not, you will be provided with resources to help you improve. This evaluation does not carry credits but if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your degree transcript.

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Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD1002)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 undergraduate students (and articulating students who are in their first year at the University), is studied entirely online, takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks.

Topics include orientation overview, equality and diversity, health, safety and cyber security and how to make the most of your time at university in relation to careers and employability.

Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’.

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Acts of Reading (EL1009)

15 Credit Points

This course introduces students to the study of English by exploring the dynamic relationship between author, reader and text in a series of classic works of fiction and poetry. It covers a broad historical range (from Folk Tales and ballads to 21st century postmodernity) and offers a basic grounding in key elements of literary theory, literary history and the varieties of literary form.

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Controversial Classics (EL1513)

15 Credit Points

Literature can provoke, offend and disturb as well as entertain. This course considers some of the most powerful and controversial works of modern literature. It examines the circumstances of publication, the nature of the controversy, and the cultural and critical impact of each work. The course shows how poems, plays and novels can raise searching questions about national, racial and personal identity, and looks at the methods used by writers to challenge their readers, as well the responses of readers to such challenges.

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Optional Courses

Select ONE of the following options:

    Beginners:

    • Spanish Language 1 (SP1027)
    • Spanish Language 2 (SP1528)

      Intermediate:

      • Spanish Language 2 (SP1028)
      • Spanish Language 3 (SP2525)

      Advanced:

      • Spanish Language 3 (SP2525)

      All options will also select:

      • Encountering the Other in Iberia and the Americas (SP1038) AND/OR Latin America: A Cultural History (SP1536)

      Plus further courses of choice to make up 120 credit points.

      Spanish Language 1 (SP1027)

      15 Credit Points

      This is a fast-paced and intensive language course for students with very little or no previous knowledge of Spanish who have been allocated onto this course by our diagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.

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      Spanish Language 2 (SP1528)

      15 Credit Points

      This is a fast-paced language course for students with some previous knowledge of Spanish who have been allocated onto this course by our diagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.

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      Spanish Language 2 (SP1028)

      15 Credit Points

      This is a fast-paced language course for students with some previous knowledge of Spanish who have been allocated onto this course by our diagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.

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      Spanish Language 3 (SP2525)

      15 Credit Points

      This course follows Spanish Language 2 or can be taken by students who have the required level of Spanish as determined by the placement test (see below).

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      Encountering the Other in Iberia and the Americas (SP1038)

      15 Credit Points

      The course introduces students to colonial encounters ranging from Muslim Iberia to the pre-conquest Americas and continuing into the period of the Spanish Empire. From the nineteenth century, conquest and colonial encounters continued as newly-independent Spanish American states seized indigenous territories, while colonial mentalities re-surfaced in contexts as diverse as the Spanish Civil War and Southern Cone dirty wars. These examples show how colonial encounters helped shape contemporary Spain and Spanish America.

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      Latin America: A Cultural History (SP1536)

      15 Credit Points

      This course will introduce students to Latin American history, culture and society from the pre-Hispanic period to the present through a selection of archaeology, historical and contemporary writings, visual culture and music. All texts studied will be available in English translation.

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      Year 2

      Year 2

      Compulsory Courses
      Encounters with Shakespeare (EL2011)

      30 Credit Points

      So you think you know Shakespeare? This course invites you to think again. Studying a range of plays we get behind the mythology of Shakespeare, and rediscover the dynamic inventiveness of the Elizabethan theatre. Shakespeare and his contemporaries were the principal players in a period of literary experimentation that reinvented the possibilities of literature. Encounters with Shakespeare is your chance to find out more.

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      The Tragedy of Knowledge (EL2512)

      30 Credit Points

      This course traces the use of key Western myths from antiquity to the present to examine the way knowledge is often presented as both dangerous and compelling. As well as introducing students to a range of historical, social, and formal variations on the theme of knowledge, the course also highlights the role of storytelling and adaptation in the formation of knowledge and understanding.

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      Optional Courses

      Select one of the following options:

      Beginner

      • Spanish Language 3 (SP2025)
      • Spanish Language 4 (SP2526)

      Intermediate/Advanced

      • Spanish Language 4 (SP2026)
      • Spanish Language 5 (SP2531)

      Both options will select:

      • Spain: Texts and Contexts (SP2538) AND/OR Latin America: Texts and Contexts (SP2036)

      Plus select further credit points to a total of 120 credits.

      Spanish Language 3 (SP2025)

      15 Credit Points

      This course follows Spanish Language 2 or can be taken by students who have the required level of Spanish as determined by the diagnostic test (see below).

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      Spanish Language 4 (SP2526)

      15 Credit Points

      This course aims to prepare intending Honours students of Spanish and Latin American Studies for their compulsory period abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

      The course will develop further Spanish language skills, both receptive and productive. Classes on grammatical and linguistic analysis will contribute to the development of both sets of skills. In addition students will complete a structured self learning programme of audio-visual study and grammatical reinforcement study.

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      Spanish Language 4 (SP2026)

      15 Credit Points

      This course aims to prepare intending Honours students of Spanish and Latin American Studies for their compulsory period abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

      The course will develop further Spanish language skills, both receptive and productive. Classes on grammatical and linguistic analysis will contribute to the development of both sets of skills. In addition students will complete a structured self learning programme of audio-visual study and grammatical reinforcement study.

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      Spanish Language 5 (SP2531)

      15 Credit Points

      This course follows Spanish Language 4 and aims to prepare non beginners intending Honours students of Spanish and Latin American Studies for their compulsory period abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

      The course will develop further Spanish language skills, expanding on the vocabulary and introducing formal documents and letters. Classes on grammatical and linguistic analysis will contribute to the development of both sets of skills. In addition students will complete a structured self learning programme of vocabulary and grammatical reinforcement study.

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      Spain: Texts and Contexts (SP2538)

      15 Credit Points

      This course takes a broad look at different texts spanning from the late 15th century to the present day. We will study these texts in the original language but with the help of English translations, providing a smooth introduction into reading Spanish language literature. The first half of the course concentrates on the late medieval and early modern eras, through two highly entertaining texts: Celestina and Life Is Dream. The second half concentrates on the 20th century through a combination of poetry, short fiction and film.

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      Latin America: Texts and Contexts (SP2036)

      15 Credit Points

      This course uses texts, which can include plays, films, novels, music, letters and an etiquette guide, to understand issues, concerns and themes in Latin American history. The course is organised chronologically and each week classes focus on texts from a particular country as a means to discuss bigger questions, such as how to make a new nation after three hundred years of colonial rule and a decade of warfare, how to demonstrate your honourability in an anonymous city and what cultural models are the best source of inspiration. The course also focuses on 'context' shared throughout Latin America.

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      Year 3

      Year 3

      Compulsory Courses

      This degree is offered as a 5-year option with an integrated year abroad consisting of study or work abroad (Mode A), or a 4-year option, in which students spend their fourth semester on a university exchange abroad (Mode B).

      Optional Courses

      Select a total of TWO courses from the following groups, each from a different group:

      Medieval/Renaissance

      • EL30DQ: Knights, Virgins and Viragos, Chaucer and Medieval Writing
      • EL30CP: Page and Stage: Renaissance Writings 1500-1640
      • EL35EJ: Writing Revolt: Literature and Politics in the 17th Century

      Romantic/Victorian

      • EL3009: American Innovation
      • EL35XR: Romanticism
      • EL35SB: Britain and the 19th Century World
      • EL30QA: Sympathy for the Devil: Scottish Short Stories
      • EL35VB: Bildungsroman to Alien Invasion

      Contemporary/Modern

      • EL35KN: Haunted Texts
      • EL30FF: Modernism: Make it New
      • EL30UT: Art and Atrocity: Representations of Violence and Trauma
      • EL35UT: Art and Atrocity: Representations of Violence and Trauma

      Plus ONE course from the following:

      • EL35WC: Queer Times
      • EL35YB: Creative Writing: Creativity and Craft
      • EL35EH: Classical Epic
      • CE3594: Dangerous Liaisons: Love, Sex and Romance in the Celtic West and Old North
      • EL30VC: Fallen Women and Self-Made Men

      Plus 45 credits of Level 3 Spanish and Latin American Studies courses and further courses of choice to make up 120 credit points.

      Page and Stage: Renaissance Writings 1500 - 1640 (EL30CP)

      30 Credit Points

      This course explores the poetry, drama and prose of a period often referred to as the golden age of English literature. A period which saw Shakespeare and his contemporaries produce innovative new literary works in which the language of desire took centre stage.

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      Knights, Virgins and Viragos: Chaucer and Medieval Writing (EL30DQ)

      30 Credit Points

      An introduction to late medieval-literature, challenging modern assumptions about the medieval and exploring the diverse range of medieval literary culture, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to the autobiographical narrative of Margery Kempe and surprising profanity of medieval lyric.

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      Writing Revolt: Literature and Politics in the Seventeenth Century (EL35EJ)

      30 Credit Points

      Literature has the power to reimagine society. The course will explore how poetry, drama and other literary forms across the century sought new literary approaches to meet the challenges of these times. We will examine different literary strategies adopted by authors to engage with their times, from those who drew upon classical precedent to others who brought new voices, and new publics, into the forum of literature. Texts on the course will vary each year, but will feature such authors as Ben Jonson, John Donne, Katharine Philips, John Milton, Lucy Hutchinson and Samuel Daniel.

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      American Innovation (EL3009)

      30 Credit Points

      This level-three course offers an introduction to American literature and culture between 1850 and 1950, a century in which the United States was transformed from a rural economy to an industrialised super-power. You will learn about the key writers of this period, the issues that sparked their imaginations, and the literary strategies which they adopted, or at times invented, to express their response to the changing world around them. This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars.

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      Sympathy for the Devil: Scottish Short Stories (EL30QA)

      30 Credit Points

      While the short story is often said to have developed in America, nineteenth-century Scottish writing is in fact instrumental in the emergence of the form. Often drawing on oral and folk traditions Scottish writers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries employ the supernatural, or our fear of it, to explore subjects such as guilt, fear, remorse and the extent to which we can control our own destinies. This course will explore the ways in which the short story in Scotland develops from the early nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth. It will include writers such as Walter Scott, James Hogg, John Galt, Margaret Oliphant, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Findlater and Lewis Grassic Gibbon

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      Romanticism (EL35XR)

      30 Credit Points

      The Romantic movement swept Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and produced some of the most innovative and exciting literature that has ever been seen. This rule breaking art helped shape the way that we consider art today and underpins many of our ideas about imagination, originality, creativity and self-expression. This course will explore the ways in which the Romantic movement manifested itself across Britain and Ireland and will consider writers such as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, Austen and Byron.

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      Bildungsroman to Alien Invasion (EL35VB)

      30 Credit Points

      This module covers some of the most prominent and popular genres of the Victorian period, including realism, detective fiction, sensation fiction, the ghost story and the social problem novel. We will learn how to identify a genre’s distinctive features, but also how it may overlap with other forms of fiction. By reading authors such as George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and H. G. Wells, we will think about how writers help to create and challenge generic boundaries.

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      Britain and the Nineteenth - Century World (EL35SB)

      30 Credit Points

      The Romantic (1782-1832) and Victorian (1832-1901) periods were ones of remarkable activity for British citizens abroad. Imperial expansion, increasing international trade, major conflicts and growing mass migration all drew more British citizens than ever into contact with the wider world. This course explores the footprints left by these interactions in nineteenth-century literature: critically examining how Britain saw the world and how the English-speaking world saw Britain during a century of unprecedented international activity. This course will combine canonical writers of empire and migration with less well-known accounts of the period. Writers covered may include Mary Shelley, Henry Derozio, Fergus Hume, Cornelia Sorabji, Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. The course will apply a range of critical lenses to this material offering students an introduction to key concepts and debates from nation theory, settler studies and postcolonial studies.

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      Modernism: Make IT New (EL30FF)

      30 Credit Points

      The early twentieth century was a time of great literary experimentation as literary modernists rose to the challenge to make it new. We will explore modernism’s stylistic experimentation while also considering the social contexts and changes that shaped this literature. The course will examine a range of writers, genres, movements and locations which prompt us to consider what, when and where was modernism.

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      Art and Atrocity: Representations of Violence and Trauma (EL30UT)

      30 Credit Points

      How is the artist to respond when the virtual becomes the real and when words cannot carry the weight of trauma? How can an author avoid the accusations of voyeuristic prurience or crass opportunism when he or she attempts to re-present events of public violence? This multi-disciplinary course examines work from a wide range of modes, including fiction, poetry, film and graphic art, and looks at the difficulties of inscribing trauma and the ethics and praxis of remembrance. Key events covered include the Holocaust, the Sabra and Shatila massacre, 9-11, the Gulf War and the conflict in the Balkans.

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      Haunted Texts (EL35KN)

      30 Credit Points

      This course offers an overview of a wide range of twentieth-century Scottish literature, focusing on themes of haunting, death, and place. Including novels, short stories, poetry, and drama, the course explores questions of the relationship between self and society, the legacy of the past, and the formation of gendered and regional identities. There are lots of ghosts.

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      Art and Atrocity: Representations of Violence and Trauma (EL35UT)

      30 Credit Points

      How is the artist to respond when the virtual becomes the real and when words cannot carry the weight of trauma? How can an author avoid the accusations of voyeuristic prurience or crass opportunism when he or she attempts to re-present events of public violence? This multi-disciplinary course examines work from a wide range of modes, including fiction, poetry, film and graphic art, and looks at the difficulties of inscribing trauma and the ethics and praxis of remembrance. Key events covered include the Holocaust, the Sabra and Shatila massacre, 9-11, the Gulf War and the conflict in the Balkans.

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      Queer Times (EL35WC)

      30 Credit Points

      This course adopts a cross-period approach, bringing contemporary and premodern texts into conversation in exploring representations of queer experiences and themes in diverse forms. Divided into three sections, queer presents, queer pasts, and queer futures, the course will introduce a selection of theoretical and critical readings in thinking about how representation is shaped by temporal and cultural context. We will consider the relationship between representation of queer experience and formal experimentation, and how queer forms impact on our sense of queer possibilities.

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      Fallen Women and Self - Made Men (EL30VC)

      30 Credit Points

      The Victorian period is often seen as a time of sexual repression and rigid gender roles, in which men and women were expected to perform in accordance with established codes of behaviour that were based on assumptions about innate masculinity and femininity. While this perception of Victorian attitudes may be true to some extent, many Victorians were well aware of the dangers of gender stereotyping, and wrote fiction in order to interrogate and challenge these expectations. Focussing mainly on the novel, but including some poetry and drama, this module explores how Victorian writers engaged with gender stereotypes, and considers the literary tactics that authors used to re-examine, overthrow and sometimes reaffirm them. We will also consider how these stereotypes changed during the nineteenth century in response to public controversies and campaigns that kept questions of gender at the forefront of public consciousness. Figures such as the Fallen Woman, the Self-Made man and the Angel in the House will be explored in texts by authors including Emily Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson and Thomas Hardy.

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      Dangerous Liaisons: Love, Sex and Romance in Celtic West and Old North (CE3594)

      30 Credit Points

      The literature of the Celtic and Germanic Middle Ages is famous for tragic tales of forbidden love, and for the frankness with which its poetry approaches the subject of sexual attraction. This course will explore how the interwoven themes of love, sex and romance were dramatized in Celtic, Norse-Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon stories and poetry. Topics covered may include: the love-triangle, maiden-kings, cross-dressing, amorous trolls, the stepmother as temptress, elopements and abductions, otherworldly lovers, unrequited love.

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      Classical Epic (EL30EH)

      30 Credit Points

      This course is your opportunity to study four of the most influential and gripping texts of world literature. We begin in the oral culture of ancient Greece, with the Iliad's stark meditation on war and death, and the Odyssey's consolatory reflections on divine justice, poetry and love. In imperial Rome, we see the genre transformed into a monument to political power in Virgil's Aeneid, then thrown into disarray by Ovid's irreverent anti-epic, the Metamorphoses. We end by considering some of the ways these texts have been exploited and adapted across the intervening centuries, in poetry and prose, art and film.

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      Creative Writing: Creativity and Craft (EL35YB)

      30 Credit Points

      This course offers students the opportunity, through lectures and interactive workshops, to develop their understanding of, and practical skills in, the writing of prose fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Taught by widely published, award-winning writers, it provides a thorough, practice-based understanding of creative process and of the technical challenges involved in developing an original idea into a completed literary artefact, presented to a professional standard. It also contributes to students' future career potential, whether as ‘creative’ or other kinds of professional writers/communicators.

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      Year 4

      Year 4

      Compulsory Courses

      Select one of the following dissertation options:

      • English Dissertation (EL4502)
      • Dissertation in Hispanic Studies (SP4039)

      Select further credit points from level 4 courses in English and Spanish and Latin American Studies to gain a total of 60 credits in each discipline.

      Spanish Language 7 (SP40A5)

      30 Credit Points

      This is the final Spanish language course within the degree that will provide students with advanced comprehension and writing skills in general and specialised registers.

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      Optional Courses
      Dissertation in Spanish (SP4039)

      30 Credit Points

      This year-long course unit combines dissertation research with research methods training. The dissertation is a piece of extended independent research (8,000-10,000 words long), structured as a critical evaluation, analysis or argument, about a topic germane to Spanish and Latin American Studies. The topic is chosen by the student, in conjunction with the dissertation coordinator and an individual Departmental supervisor, both of whom approve the topic. Students are encouraged to design their topic building on their previous studies, especially honours courses. The dissertation offers a chance for students to carry out in-depth independent study in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and to acquire and develop valuable research skills. The course begins, in the first half session, with workshops on diverse research methods and the creation of peer support groups. The second half session includes structured meetings with the dissertation supervisor and meetings with the peer support group, as well as independent research and writing.

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      English Dissertation (EL4502)

      30 Credit Points

      Students will have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of their choosing within English literature.

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      We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

      How You'll Study

      Learning Methods

      • Individual Projects
      • Lectures
      • Research
      • Tutorials

      Assessment Methods

      Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

      • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
      • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
      • written examinations at the end of each course.

      The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

      Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

      Why Study English and Spanish & Latin American Studies?

      Why English

      • 94% Overall Satisfaction for Linguistics and Creative Writing. The Complete University Guide 2021
      • Rated second in the UK for the quality of Aberdeen research in English language and literature in the 2014 REF national assessment of research quality at UK universities.
      • An international profile through major literary projects such as the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen and the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels of Sir Walter Scott.
      • The WORD Centre for Creative Writing, promoting creative projects in fiction, non-fiction and collaborative mixed-media in all the languages of northeast Scotland (from Doric to Polish).
      • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, home to literary treasures collected over 500 years, charting the power of the written word from ancient papyri and medieval manuscripts to contemporary e-books and other media.
      • Historic collections including rare printed books, the 12th century Aberdeen Bestiary, MacBean Stuart and Jacobite Collection, the novels of Sir Walter Scott, and an exceptional collection of Charles Dickens' first editions.
      • A packed campus programme of student and public events, exhibitions, seminars, invited speakers and the annual May Festival which welcomes internationally acclaimed authors to campus every spring to discuss literature, including European writers.
      • Research centres include the nationally recognised Centre for the Novel, the Centre for Modern Thought, and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies.

      Why Spanish & Latin American Studies

      • A subject scoring the highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in the last Scottish national Teaching Quality Assessment.
      • The opportunity to study visual culture, literature, history, politics and anthropology in relation to Spain and/or Latin America.
      • Special areas of research expertise include 20th century Spain, contemporary and historical Mexico, visual culture, gender studies, history of science in Latin America, and studies of citizenship and society.
      • Multicultural north-east Scotland, with many Spanish speakers working or studying in this region due to its role as a world centre for oil and gas.
      • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, with top-class study facilities, state-of-the-art learning technology, and extensive Spanish and Latin American works to inspire your studies.
      • A packed campus programme of events, exhibitions, film showings, and the annual May Festival which welcomes international figures, experts, writers and scientists to campus every spring, including authors writing in Spanish.

      Entry Requirements

      Qualifications

      The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.


      General Entry Requirements

      2020 Entry
      2021 Entry

      SQA Highers

      Standard: AABB

      Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

      Minimum: BBB

      Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

      Adjusted: BB

      Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

      More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

      A LEVELS

      Standard: BBB

      Minimum: BBC

      Adjusted: CCC

      More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

      International Baccalaureate

      32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

      Irish Leaving Certificate

      5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

      Entry from College

      Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

      SQA Highers

      Standard: AABB

      Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

      Minimum: BBB

      Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

      Adjusted: BB

      Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

      More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

      A LEVELS

      Standard: BBB

      Minimum: BBC

      Adjusted: CCC

      More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

      International Baccalaureate

      32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

      Irish Leaving Certificate

      5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3.

      Entry from College

      Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

      The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


      English Language Requirements

      To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

      IELTS Academic:

      OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

      TOEFL iBT:

      OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

      PTE Academic:

      OVERALL - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

      Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

      OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

      Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

      Fees and Funding

      Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact study@abdn.ac.uk.

      Scholarships and Funding

      Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who pay tuition fees may be eligible for specific scholarships allowing them to receive additional funding. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at Aberdeen.

      Additional Fees

      • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
      • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

      Our Funding Database

      View all funding options in our Funding Database.

      Undergraduate EU Scholarship

      The Aberdeen Global Undergraduate Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

      This is an £8,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Undergraduate students who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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      Careers

      There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

      Our Experts

      Information About Staff Changes

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