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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type

Heriot-Watt University ranked as the Number 1 University in Scotland for Modern Languages in the National Student Survey 2018. We also gained the highest ranking in Scotland for employability from Modern Languages in the Guardian University Rankings 2019.



Our MA (Hons) Applied Language Studies (ALS) degree is designed to allow students to 'major' in French, German or Spanish, whilst also studying a range of complementary subjects.

This is our most flexible language degree as it allows you to specialise in Spanish whilst delving deeper into one other language, or subjects that compliment your interests and career aspirations, through optional courses and electives. 

Year 3 is spent abroad, immersed in your chosen language, studying at one of our partner institutions or teaching English as a foreign language. Year 4 allows you to refine your professional profile further through specialist optional courses. 


The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

We are also official higher education partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists – a professional body that maintains the highest standards for practising interpreters and translators: Chartered Institute of Linguists

In addition, we are founding members of CIUTI, the world’s oldest and most prestigious international association of universities who train interpreters and translators: CIUTI

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Language and Intercultural Studies
  • Spanish : Intermediate (1)
  • Elective
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Introduction to French, German or Spanish History and Culture
  • Spanish : Intermediate (2)
  • Elective
  • Elective

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Spanish Society and Comparative Studies
  • Spanish: Advanced (1)
  • Option
  • Option

Semester 2

  • General Linguistics
  • Spanish: Advanced (2)
  • Option
  • Option

Through options in Semester 1 and 2 students can continue to study a second language and also choose from a variety of subjects such as Economics, Marketing, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Year 3

The third year is spent abroad, either at a University or teaching English in a school in a country where yur chosen language is spoken.

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation 1
  • Applied Language Studies 1 or Interpreting and Translation Skills 1
  • International Politics and Organisations
  • Option


  • Translation Technologies for Professional Translators
  • Applied Linguistics 1
  • Heritage: International Perspectives
  • Business Management options

Semester 2

  • Dissertation 2
  • Applied Language Studies 2 or Interpreting and Translation Skills 2
  • Option
  • Option


  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Applied Linguistics 2
  • Sustainable Development and Intercultural Context
  • National Perspectives and EU Context
  • Business Management options
Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) Spanish and Applied Language Studies students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 80% are working
  • 10% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 70% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £18000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Artistic, literary and media occupations
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Elementary occupations
  • Secretarial and related occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB including A in language(s) (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB including B in language(s)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with at least 5 HL in the language(s) to be studied
  • HNC/HND Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered

Additional information

  • Entry routes As our Languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all Languages courses is to Level 1 of a four-year Honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English is required for all Languages courses.
  • English language requirements Students who are non-native speakers of English will need to achieve either the IELTS test with 7.5 or the CPE with B. The second language may be studied from beginner’s level or from a post-Standard Grade/GCSE level.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.