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University of Aberdeen

Spanish and Latin American Studies (5 yrs)

UCAS Code: T711
Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • American studies
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4 AS at AABB. For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B. GCSE in English or English Language is also required.

Scottish Highers

Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum. Also required: English at Standard Grade 1, 2 or 3 or National 5 at Grades A, B or C.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Second year entry may be possible in most school based subjects. A minimum of ABB overall in Adv Higher is required. Adv Higher at A in the subject selected for Single Honours or AB in the subject selected for Joint Honours.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.

International Baccalaureate

For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including at 6, 6, 6 at Higher level in subject(s) selected. English at a minimum of Standard level required.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Spanish & Latin American Studies at Aberdeen has an outstanding reputation and is top-rated for teaching. With a focus on Latin America, this five-year programme will develop your Spanish language skills and add in-depth knowledge of the literature, culture and history of the 19 Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. You will spend a full year in a Spanish-speaking country and gain the skills for a wide range of exciting careers. 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 including 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 will grow your skills in Spanish - whether starting as a beginner or advanced - and you will explore the history, films, visual culture, literature and politics of Latin America, taught by experts internationally recognised as leaders in their fields. As an integral part of your degree, you will spend all the third year of your five-year degree 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 will 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.


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.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
36% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
58% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
389 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just 615 UK students graduated with American studies degrees in 2015, so it's one of the smaller subjects in terms of student numbers and has lost numbers in recent years. Most graduates stay in the UK once they graduate - quite unusual for graduates in languages and studies of overseas cultures - and about one in six go into further study, mostly to take Masters degrees in subjects like journalism, languages, teaching and law. Graduates tend to go into any general graduate jobs, in industries such as education, advertising, social care and media and publishing. There might not be many jobs that specifically require a degree in American studies, but the skills you learn are useful in many roles.
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