Scandinavian Studies: Language, Culture and History MA
UCL's Scandinavian Studies MA offers an intellectually exciting and flexible range of options focusing on Nordic culture in a global context. No prior knowledge of a Nordic language is required, though students can opt to consolidate their language or translation skills, or to start Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish from scratch.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Option modules include advanced translation skills, Nordic cinema, Nordic literature in global perspective, the transnational politics of the region, and material cultures. Assessed modules are supplemented with workshops and a summer school providing opportunities for networking and career development in publishing, translation, filmmaking, and the heritage and creative sectors.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Scandinavian Studies is the largest independent Scandinavian department in the UK. Our research and teaching encompasses the languages, literatures, cultures, histories and politics of the entire Nordic region, ranging from the Viking Middle Ages to the present day.
Facilities are excellent: UCL boasts possibly the best Scandinavian Studies library outside Scandinavia, and students also have the outstanding collections of the British Library close at hand. Excellent links with universities in mainland Scandinavia, Iceland and Finland provide further benefits.
The department is home to the Viking Society for Northern Research, a leading publisher of Old Norse texts and monographs on Medieval Scandinavia.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: taught and research. Taught: one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core module (30 credits), two taught modules (60 credits), dissertation (90 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures and reading and language classes. Student performance is assessed through written examination, coursework, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Applicants for this programme may be eligible for a number of funding opportunities, including: the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Postgraduate Studentships and UCL Graduate scholarships.
Scholarships available for this department
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
The School offers one scholarship each academic year in memory of Carlina Macdonald, a former student of the Italian Department, who graduated in 1991. The scholarship has been made possible by a generous bequest made by the Trustees of Carlina's estate.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Scandinavian Studies from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant discipline.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. If you are planning to apply for funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, you need to submit your application for the degree programme no later than 1 February for the year of entry. Applicants intending to apply for funding from UCL Graduate School also need to submit their application for the degree programme in plenty of time.
Who can apply?
This MA can serve as a stepping stone between undergraduate studies and PhD research for students specialising in Nordic Studies. It is also ideal as a one-year professional development opportunity for those working in a field in which knowledge of Scandinavian culture is important: for example, design, publishing, politics or commerce.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Scandinavian Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Scandinavian Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
An MA in Scandinavian Studies offers prospects for employment in the private as well as in the public sector, whether in Scandinavia or in the English-speaking world. Former graduate students in the department are to be found in a range of challenging careers, which include work in IT and management, museums and university teaching.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Study Group, Library Administrator, 2010
- Warsaw Studies Centre, English Teacher, 2010
In the UK and abroad, the Nordic countries are increasingly recognised for the success of their political and social model, and for their film, literature, food and design. Our MA graduates bring their deep understanding of Scandinavian culture to careers in which knowledge of the region is key: publishing, the arts, commerce, information management. Expertise in Nordic languages is rare in the UK, and employer demand is accordingly hgh. Our MA allows students to hone their Nordic language skills or to try a new language. Many of our graduates launch careers with translation companies and as freelancers.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Ms Patrizia Oliver
T: +44 (0)20 7679 7024
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