Introduction

Spanish & Latin American Studies at Aberdeen has an outstanding reputation and is top-rated for teaching. With a focus on Spain, this five-year programme will develop your Spanish language skills, and add in-depth knowledge of the literature, culture and history of Spain. You'll spend a full year in the country, and gain the skills for a wide range of exciting careers.

This programme is studied on campus.

Spanish & Latin American Studies at Aberdeen has an outstanding reputation, with the highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in the last national Teaching Quality Assessment.

Aberdeen is one of the most dynamic place to study and research the Spanish language and the cultural frameworks in countries where it is spoken.

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language after English in the western hemisphere and is currently spoken by 350 million native Spanish speakers in Spain and 19 Latin American countries. Not only is it the second language in many parts of the USA, but Spanish is also the fastest growing modern language in the UK.

You’ll grow your skills in Spanish - whether starting as a beginner or advanced - and you’ll explore the history, films, visual culture, literature and politics of Spain, taught by experts internationally recognised as leaders in their fields.

As an integral part of your degree you’ll spend all the third year of your five-year programme taking your language and cultural skills to a very high level as a language assistant or visiting student in a Spanish-speaking country. For the four-year degree option you would spend half of year three abroad.

Our graduates are highly sought-after, and have a wide choice, including careers like teaching and translating which draw directly on their subject. Others, including journalism, marketing and international organisations and business make great use of your high level of academic and personal skills as well as your language ability and knowledge of the area.

In Aberdeen you’ll thrive in our friendly and dynamic international community, on a beautiful medieval campus with great facilities for learning, sports and leisure, and many opportunities to develop extra skills and interests, and to gain the competitive advantage for whichever career path you choose.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
60 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
R410

What You'll Study

At Aberdeen, you will study the social, political and cultural matters of Spain and Latin America. You will develop advanced communication skills that will help you prepare for careers in a wide variety of industries. Throughout the programme, you will study topics such as Latin American and Spanish history, literature, visual culture, society and anthropology and History and Thought.

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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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students and above, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year

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Optional Courses

  • Spain: A Cultural History (SP1035) and/or Latin America: A Cultural History (SP1536)
  • Spanish Language 1 (SP1027) and Spanish Language 2 (SP1528) or Spanish Language 2 (SP1028) and Spanish Language 3 (SP2525) or Spanish Language 3 (SP2525) and Latin America: A Cultural History (SP1032)
  • Plus further courses of choice to make up 120 credit points.

Note that you are required to choose 60 credits from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses across years 1 and 2.

Spain: a Cultural History (SP1035) - 15 Credit Points

This course focuses on cultural history in the Iberian Peninsula, from the early medieval period to the present day. It explores selected key cultural social and political questions over the course of Spain's history as they are presented in a variety of written and visual texts, such as contemporaneous accounts, narrative fiction, poetry, film, painting and architecture. All texts studied will be available in English translation.

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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 Hispanic Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.

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Spanish Language 2  (SP1528) - 15 Credit Points

This course follows Spanish Language 1 or can be taken by students who have the required level of Spanish as determined by the placement test (see below).

This is a fast-paced language course and It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Hispanic 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 Hispanic 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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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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Latin America: A Cultural History (SP1032)
Year 2

Year 2

Optional Courses

  • Spanish Language 3 (SP2025) and Spanish Language 4 (SP2526) or Spanish Language 4 (SP2026) and Spanish Language 5 (SP2531)
  • Spain: Texts and Contexts (SP2035) and/or Latin America: Texts and Contexts (SP2536)
  • Select a further courses of choice to gain a total of 120 credit points.

Note that you are required to choose 60 credits from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses across levels 1 and 2.

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 placement test (see below).

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Spanish Language 4 (SP2526) - 15 Credit Points

This course aims to prepare intending Honours students of Hispanic 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 Hispanic 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 Hispanic 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 aural study and grammatical reinforcement study.

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Spain: Texts and Contexts (SP2035)
Latin America: Texts and Contexts (SP2536)
Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Residence Abroad Project (SP30AB) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of the Residence Abroad Project is to develop an in-depth understanding of a specific aspect (anthropological, political or cultural) connected with one of the Hispanic countries in which students are staying. Students are expected to study a topic in its socio-and to complete a report in Spanish of c. 4000 words.

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Year 4

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Research Methods in Hispanic Studies (SP35ZB)
Spanish Language 6 (SP30A3) - 15 Credit Points

This is a core prescribed course open only to Junior Honours Hispanic Studies students and a selected range of other programmes at the appropriate level. This course aims to enable you to identify and use, accurately, fluently, and with an appropriate level of sophistication, a range of vocabulary and linguistic registers at advanced level.

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Optional Courses

  • You are required to choose 30 credits from Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses across years 4 and 5.
  • Select further courses of choice from available Level 3 Hispanic courses to make a total of 120 credits or further Level 3 courses in Hispanic to make a total of 90 credits if the Enhanced Study credits are taken in the junior honours year.
Year 5

Year 5

Compulsory Courses

Spanish Language 7 (SP40A5) - 30 Credit Points

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

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Dissertation in Spanish (SP4038) - 15 Credit Points

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 Hispanic Studies. The topic is chosen by the student, in conjunction with the dissertation coordinator and an individual Departmental supervisor. It is a chance for students to carry out in-depth study in Hispanic Studies outside the course programme and to acquire and develop valuable research skills.

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Optional Courses

  • You are required to choose 30 credits from Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses across years 4 and 5.
  • Select further courses of choice from available Level 4 Hispanic courses to make a total of 120 credits or further Level 4 courses in Hispanic to make a total of 90 credits if the Enhanced Study credits are taken in the senior honours year.

Course Availability

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

Teaching quality in Spanish & Latin American Studies has been rated as 'excellent'. All courses use up-to-date resources and teaching and assessment methods. Assessment takes the form of a combination of continuous assessment and examination. Continuous assessment forms a particularly important component of work at Honours level.

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.

Further Information

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How the programme is taught

The typical time spent in scheduled learning activities (lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals), independent self-study or placement is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

How the programme is assessed

The typical percentage of assessment methods broken down by written examination, coursework or practical exams is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

Year 1

Learning Method
scheduled: 29%
independent: 71%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 47%
coursework: 45%
practical: 8%

Year 2

Learning Method
scheduled: 23%
independent: 77%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 45%
coursework: 50%
practical: 5%

Year 3

Learning Method
scheduled: 0%
independent: 0%
placement: 100%
Assessment
written: 0%
coursework: 0%
practical: 0%

Year 4

Learning Method
scheduled: 12%
independent: 88%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 8%
coursework: 83%
practical: 9%

Year 5

Learning Method
scheduled: 13%
independent: 87%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 18%
coursework: 70%
practical: 12%

Why Study Spanish & Latin American Studies?

  • Spanish & Latin American Studies at Aberdeen has an outstanding reputation, with the highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in the last national Teaching Quality Assessment.
  • The opportunity to study visual culture, literature, history, politics and anthropology in relation to Spain and/or Latin America.
  • Multicultural north-east Scotland, with many Spanish speakers working or studying in the region due to its role as Europe’s centre for oil and gas.
  • 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.
  • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, with top-class fabulous facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and an extensive Spanish collection.
  • World-class learning facilities, including our Language and Research Centres which bring together experts in different disciplines.
  • A packed campus programme of student and public events, exhibitions, seminars, invited speakers and the popular annual May Festival which welcomes international figures, experts, authors and scientists to campus every spring, including authors writing in Spanish.    

Entry Requirements

You will find all the information you require about entry requirements on our dedicated 'Entry Requirements' page. You can also find out about the different types of degrees, offers, advanced entry, and changing your subject.

Qualifications

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

SQA Highers - AABB*
A Levels - BBB*
IB - 32 points, including 5,5,5 at HL*
ILC - 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)*

*There is no formal requirement for entry to the Spanish beginners' course. Students who already have a qualification in Spanish sit a placement test to determine the language course appropriate to them. All students, whether beginners or with a qualification such as Higher grade, can proceed to Honours, subject to satisfactory performance at levels 1 and 2.

Further detailed entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees.

English Language Requirements

To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £14,600
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year

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.

Careers

The University has a strong focus on applied learning and the language skills that you will learn from this programme will benefit you in your future career. Previous graduates have pursued a wide range of careers in fields such as teaching, translation, journalism, marketing and business.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Study the 2nd Most Spoken Global Language

Spanish & Latin American Studies is located in one of the oldest language departments in the UK, open to learners of all levels.

Facilities

As a Spanish & Latin American Studies student, you will benefit from having access to a wealth of resources including computer facilities, research centres and the University's Language Centre, where you can practice your speaking and listening skills.

Unistats

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