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Is a Scottish MA (General) a lower kind of degree compared to a English BA (Hon)? Do Edinburgh or St. Andrews offer it?
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I know St. Andrews offer it. It is considered lower from people I know and just my general impression, but if you aren't sure what you really want to do and want to have a broad base then it could be good for you. In my opinion if you are looking at a job like retail management it should be fine, they just ask for you to have a degree. However, if you want to be a teacher or something like that you won't get a job unless you do further study.
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So MA (General) graduates will be disadvantaged when applying for graduate jobs, for example graduate traineeships (eg. trainee accountant...etc.)? By the way, I couldn't find the UCAS no. of it on St. Andrews' web site.
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Is and MA (General) not a 3 year course?
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I think it is usually a 3 year course. But you can stay on to do more courses.
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oh the joys of google.

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/services...%20version.pdf

found this.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_MA i am so confused
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That's about the MA(Hons) Jimmy, not the MA(General)
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My mum has an MA general, and has experience of applying for jobs and it being considered higher than BA(Hons).
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(Original post by Acaila)
My mum has an MA general, and has experience of applying for jobs and it being considered higher than BA(Hons).
Where did she take her MA (General)?
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Glasgow uni, and its in German and Philosophy if that helps. Also, she was headhunted in Australia for a job which she told me was specifically because they were so impressed she had an MA instead of a BA or BA(hons)
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Glasgow uni, and its in German and Philosophy if that helps. Also, she was headhunted in Australia for a job which she told me was specifically because they were so impressed she had an MA instead of a BA or BA(hons)
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Is a Scottish MA (General) a lower kind of degree compared to a English BA (Hon)? Do Edinburgh or St. Andrews offer it?
A BA is a batchelor of arts, an MA is a master of arts. You have to take a BA before you can do a MA (or a BSc before you can do a MSc etc.), therefore a MA is a higher qualification. Thats why scottish uni courses are four years rather than the usual english degrees, which are only 3 years.
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(Original post by bohogirlie)
A BA is a batchelor of arts, an MA is a master of arts. You have to take a BA before you can do a MA (or a BSc before you can do a MSc etc.), therefore a MA is a higher qualification. Thats why scottish uni courses are four years rather than the usual english degrees, which are only 3 years.
The MA (Honors) politics and economics is only three year though
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The MA (Honors) politics and economics is only three year though
MA (Honors) politics and economics at which uni?
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MA (Honors) politics and economics at which uni?
university of edinburgh, oh wait crap, i just checked and it said 4 years, should have read more before i applied.......
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The reason scottish university courses are four years is not because of the MA thing, not all universities offer the MA and are still four year courses. In Scotland honours degree courses last four years, which is equivalent to doing an access course plus a degree elsewhere in the UK.

A Scottish MA is the undergraduate academic degree in Humanities and Social Science faculties given at the five Scottish ancient universities. Although the degree is named MA (Master of Arts), it is considered equivalent to the BA (Bachelor of Arts) awarded elsewhere by most universities.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_MA

should clear this up
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Already posted.
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Scottish MA(General) < Scottish MA(Hons) = English BA(Hons) = BSc(Hons) < MLitt = MSci < PhD
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