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MA in French and Geography (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Geography

Course Description

Adding a European language to your Geography degree will open up a much broader range of career opportunities. It also lets you examine Geography in a French context as you will spend a period of time studying at a University in the country.

We offer undergraduate language courses at all levels from beginners to final year. One of the strengths of the undergraduate degree programme is its flexibility and the possibility it offers of combining French and Francophone studies with almost any other discipline, so you can tailor your degree to suit your own particular needs and interests.

As an integral part of an honours degree in French, you will spend a half-year or a full year in a French-speaking country, either working as a language assistant, or as a visiting student at one of the institutions with whom we have Erasmus exchange agreements (these include Lyon, Rennes, Grenoble, Réunion, Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne), or possibly on a work placement. Students have undertaken successful placements with the IFP (Institute of French Petroleum) School in Paris and the Club des Langues in Anglet.

Adding a European language to your Geography degree will open up a much broader range of career opportunities. It also lets you examine Geography in a French context as you will spend a period of time studying at a University in the country. We offer undergraduate language courses at all levels from beginners to final year. One of the strengths of the undergraduate degree programme...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Language & Literature (AW1008)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Global Worlds, Global Challenges (GG1008) - 15 Credit Points

Global Worlds, Local Challenges (GG1510) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Beginner

  • FR1028: Beginners French Language 1
  • FR1528: Beginners French Language 2
  • FR1021: Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 AND/OR FR1527: Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France in Context

Qualified

  • FR1029: Qualified French Language 1
  • FR1529: Qualified French Language 2
  • FR1022: Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 AND/OR FR1526: Literature and Culture of Modern France in Context

Select further credit points from courses of choice to gain a total of 120 credits.

Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 (FR1021) - 15 Credit Points

Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 (FR1022) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France In Context (FR1527) - 15 Credit Points

Literature and Culture of Modern France in Context (FR1526) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Space, Economy and Society (GG2014) - 15 Credit Points

Skills and Techniques in Geosciences (GG2508) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Ex-beginner

  • Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (FR2012)
  • Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (FR2512)

Plus, select one of the following:

  • FR 2014 Introduction to French Identities: Individual and Society AND/OR FR 2514 Introduction to French Identities: Centre and Periphery
  • FR 2014 AND FR 2510 Introduction to French Linguistics
  • **FR 2514 AND **FR 2510

Qualified

  • Advanced French Language 1 (FR2002)
  • Advanced French Language 2 (FR2502)

Plus, select one of the following:

  • French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2013) AND French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2513)
  • FR2013 AND Introduction to French Linguistics (FR2510)
  • FR2513 AND FR2510

Both options will then select two of the following:

  • GG 2013 Physical Environments
  • GG 2509 Environment & Society
  • GG 2510 Mapping & Monitoring the Environment

NOTE: ** Level 2 students opting to take the combination FR 2513/FR 2514 and FR 2510 should be aware the credit weighting will be 45 credits in the first half session and 75 credits in the second half session as opposed to the standard 60/60. This will result in a heavier workload in the second half session.

Physical Environments (GG2013) - 15 Credit Points

Environment and Society (GG2509) - 15 Credit Points

Mapping and Monitoring the Environment (GG2510) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (FR2012) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2014) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (FR2512) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2514) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced French Language 1 (FR2002) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced French Language 2 (FR2502) - 15 Credit Points

French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2013) - 15 Credit Points

French Identities Centre and Periphery (FR2513) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to French Linguistics (FR2510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Academic session spent in French-speaking country.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Junior Honours French Language (FR3089) - 15 Credit Points

Approaches to Geography (GG3071) - 15 Credit Points

Research Design (GG3574) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select credit points from level 3 French courses and level 3 or 4 Geography courses to gain 60 credits in each discipline.

  • Year 5

Compulsory Courses

Senior Honours French Language (FR4089) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • FR4097 French Dissertation AND GG4537 Geographical Issues
  • GG4023 Geography Dissertation

Plus further credit points from level 4 course(s) in French and level 3 or 4 course(s) in Geography to gain a total of 60 credits in each discipline.

NOTE: If you choose to take GG 4023 Geography Dissertation, you are not required to take GG 4537 Geographical Issues but may take both courses if you wish.

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Language & Literature (AW1008) Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Global Worlds, Global Challenges (GG1008) - 15 Credit Points Global Worlds, Local Challenges (GG1510) - 15 Credit Points Optional...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas,...

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