Theology & Religious Studies BD/MA

Applying Arts: Professional Skills ENGLANG4064

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers the opportunity to become more familiar with aspects of professional life relevant to Arts graduates. It seeks to support students to identify, reflect critically on and develop skills to enhance opportunities in line with future career goals.


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in English Language and Linguistics and Theology and Religious Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Portfolio (2500 words) - 50%

Presentation (5 minutes followed by questions) - 25%

Essay (1500 words) - 25%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Support students to articulate their existing skills and graduate attributes and to identify individual development needs

■ Develop a range of professional skills required by graduates in Arts disciplines e.g. project planning, budgeting, negotiating, networking, reporting, entrepreneurship, non-academic written and oral communication

■ Offer the opportunity to investigate a job area in depth using a range of appropriate resources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Develop a range of professional skills required by graduates in Arts disciplines

■ Effectively communicate their skills, achievements and graduate attributes across several formats

■ Analyse in depth an area of the employment market relevant to their academic background

■ Articulate focused plans for career development

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.