• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: MA (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Our Liberal Arts MA course gives you maximum flexibility to develop a programme of study that reflects your personal intellectual and creative interests.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Our course represents the finest Scottish liberal arts tradition of extensive inquiry over a wide range of subjects and disciplines, challenging you to find creative solutions to problems through active learning. 

We give you freedom throughout your entire degree to study several different subjects without the requirement to specialize in only one or two.  However, you also have the freedom to focus on one subject (a major) if you want to, while also gaining insights from a wide range of other subjects all the way through your course.

 

Maximum Flexibility - Tailor Your Degree To Your Needs

Maximum Flexibility

Unlike many similar courses in the UK there is no requirement to take core or compulsory modules for this course, ensuring that you have the maximum flexibility to tailor your degree to your needs.

  • Create a programme of study that is individualised to your own interests
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Active learning challenges you to find creative solutions to problems
  • Broad-based curriculum underpins specialization

Choose from subjects across the range of MA disciplines in both the Humanities and Social Sciences, with the option of studying certain subjects from outside the MA structure as well. 

The range of MA subjects available is vast and includes English, Creative Writing, Film Studies, European Languages, History, European Studies, Philosophy, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability, Geography, International Business, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Town & Regional Planning, and Career Planning. 

 

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The university feels like a community. I think some of that has to do with the fact that it’s small enough that you will always bump in to someone you know. The campus extends through the town with many events being run by students, from vintage club nights at the Reading Rooms nightclub to sports at Riverside.

Natalie Coupar
History and Politics Graduate

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
AB at Advanced Higher, plus BB at Higher in different subjects.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
ABB at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

How you'll be assessed

  • Coursework can consist of a number of possibilities, including essays, oral presentations, course diaries, projects, report writing, class tests, case studies, dissertations.
  • Formal examinations range from 2-3 hours, and many modules do not have any exams at all, simply focussing only on coursework.
  • Overall module grades/marks are awarded based on the marks achieved for each individual piece of assessment for that specific module, whether coursework or examination.

The weightings given to each piece of assessment and the variety of assessment methods vary from module to module.

How you will be taught

Due to the variety of subjects available to choose from, the teaching methods vary from module to module. However, most will use a selection of the following methods:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars or Workshops
  • Film screenings
  • Independent research
  • Practical classes

Most modules are extensively supported by My Dundee, providing up-to-date information, discussion forums, access to online resources and much more.

What you will study

Level 1 entry

With Highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc

Level 1

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Advanced entry (to level 2)

With advanced Highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc

Level 2

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Level 3

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With MA Arts & Social Sciences (without Honours)

Level 4

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With named MA [Honours] Degree

Unlike most other liberal arts style degrees, here at Dundee there are no core or compulsory modules for this course, and no requirements to take particular subjects or modules.  You will be assigned an Advisor of Studies who will help you choose the combinations that best reflect your interests and ambitions.

For an idea of the modules currently available please click on the relevant subject link below:

A Liberal Arts degree helps prepare you for a very wide range of career options because you will develop a variety of skills and knowledge from several different academic disciplines, including critical thinking and independent habits of mind.  This enables you to see connections between disciplines and to synthesize diverse ideas and approaches, skills highly valued by many employers.  We also offer study abroad opportunities and internship options, providing you with valuable experience. 

The Flexibility of the MA Degree is great, as is the range of topics on offer.  The four year degree allows you to go down different pathways, see how different subjects are taught and get your brain used to thinking in different ways.  When you make your choices for university I’m not sure anybody is 100% certain of what they want to do later in life and the MA degree lets you try different things.

Gillian Howieson
Psychology student

I graduated with a first-class Master of Arts degree, and during my time at Dundee I took the opportunity to study at the University of South Carolina in the United States for a semester. My time spent in the USA added another dimension to my studies, allowing me to more fully appreciate the events I studied because I had visited their locations. Looking to the future, I hope to embark on a career in Public Relations incorporating brand marketing and crisis management. Ultimately, I aim to develop a career which allows me to build on the international knowledge and experience I gained during my studies.

Sharon Mars
MA (Hons)

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.


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  Degree UCAS Code
Apply NowLiberal Arts MA (Hons)LA50
Apply NowArts and Social Sciences (3 year) MAVWL0