Structure of the MA (Social Sciences) Honours degree
An honours degree in a Scottish University consists of four years of study.
It helps to think of the four years as comprising:
- two pre-honours years, followed by
- two honours years
What will you do in the two pre-Honours years?
- you take three subjects in parallel (each consisting of two semester-long courses per year, ie Course 1A and Course 1B in each subject) .
- they are called 'introductory' or Level 1 courses in university terminology.
- at least two of these three should be from Social Sciences 'core' subject areas.
- the remaining subject could be from the Arts or Sciences subject areas.
- your Adviser of Studies will help you with your choice of subject when you arrive.
- you again take three subjects in parallel (each consisting of two semester-long courses per year, eg Course 2A and Course 2B in each subject) .
- two of these three will be Level 2 courses in university terminology.
- the two Level 2 courses will take two of your Level 1 courses on to study at a greater depth.
- you will drop the remaining Level 1 course from Year 1.
- you will pick up a new Level 1 course for Year 2 to add to the two Level 2 courses.
The four year Honours programme means: in Years 1 and 2 you will take twelve semester-long courses in four different subject areas: two courses at Level 1 and then both courses carried on to Level 2 and two courses at Level 1, only in Year 2.
Put another way: you will study two different subject areas for two years each (achieving depth of study in the two pre-Honours years) and two other different subject areas for one year each (achieving breadth of study in the two pre-Honours years).