The Department of Scandinavian Studies offers supervision in a variety of subjects relating to Nordic language, culture and history. These include Nordic cinema, Nordic literature in a global context, the politics and history of modern Scandinavia, Old Norse literature and Scandinavian medieval history.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5,060 (FT) £2,530 (PT)
- £19,580 (FT) £9,850 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
To learn more about the research activities of their potential supervisor, prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the IRIS research portal and the departments research page.
- Old Norse literature
- Medieval Scandinavian history and culture
- Modern Scandinavian literature and critical theory
- Modern Scandinavian culture: including film and musicology
- Modern Scandinavian politics and society
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £28,000 (3 years)
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Recent graduates have used their knowledge to work in the fields of research, curatorship, the BBC, the BFI, advertising and the film industry.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Publicist, And Other Stories Publishing
- Head of Film Studies, Newham Sixth Form
- Preceptor (Scandinavian Studies), Harvard University
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL's Department of Scandinavian Studies is the largest independent department of its kind in the UK, and hosts a number of internationally recognised scholars. UCL's research library in Scandinavian Studies is possibly the largest outside of Scandinavia, and the department is home to a thriving postgraduate community that is closely connected to London's vibrant academic and cultural milieu.
Whatever your chosen field of research, the department offers excellent opportunities for MPhil and PhD students to expand their skill base, for instance by auditing classes in Scandinavian languages and participating in our internationally renowned research seminars.
Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
Student / staff numbers
› 52 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
74% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
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- Professor Mairéad Hanrahan, Research Director