This degree provides the opportunity to specialise in the Danish, Norwegian or Swedish language, and to develop an in-depth appreciation of Scandinavian culture. You will have access to state-of-the-art language teaching facilities and the largest and oldest Scandinavian library in the UK, and will spend a year in a Scandinavian country.
- UCAS code
- Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2018
- London, Bloomsbury
- Applications per place
- 5 (2016 entry)*
- Total intake
- 216 (2018 entry)*
- Foreign language preferred.
- English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Foreign Language preferred.
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Foreign Language preferred.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. Foreign Language preferred.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
This degree programme gives you the opportunity to learn a Scandinavian language of which you have no prior knowledge and attain a near-native competence by the time you graduate.
You will spend a year abroad in Scandinavia, benefiting from the department's extensive contacts with universities in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
UCL Scandinavian Studies has specialists across the areas of language, politics, history, medieval studies, literature and film.
You will have access to the largest and oldest Scandinavian library in the country, as well as state-of-the-art facilities within the UCL Language Space.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
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 and 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.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Language modules are mandatory in each year. You will nominate your chosen language as Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. No prior knowledge of the language chosen is required. The rest of your degree will be made up of other compulsory modules featuring cultural studies and linguistics, plus optional modules chosen according to your interests.
You will spend your third year in the country where your chosen language is spoken.
You will also take modules from SELCS. This will allow you to study subjects like literature, film, art and culture from a wider perspective. You will be exposed to broad cultural movements, issues and approaches and be able to draw on the full range of specialisms within the school.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Basic Language Module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region
Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages
Introduction to Old Norse
You will also choose interdepartmental modules offered by SELCS. Options may include the study of linguistics, film and history.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Intermediate Language Module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
You will select 3.0 credits of optional modules. Options may include:
Basic Modern Icelandic
Finnish Language I
Intermediate Old Norse
Introduction to Finnish Society and Culture
Nordic Politics and Society
Scandinavian Literature in Context
The Nordic Welfare States
SELCS Intermediate Level modules
For further information on the year abroad please visit the SELCS year abroad website.
You will engage in guided academic work and critical reflections so as to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Advanced Language Module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Advanced Project Work in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Dissertation in Scandinavian Studies
You will select 2.0 credits of optional modules. Options may include:
Advanced Old Norse
Intermediate Finnish Language 2
Intermediate Modern Icelandic
Nordic Politics and Society
The Nordic Welfare States
Reading Finnish Society and Culture
Scandinavian Social Democracy
Translation from the Scandinavian Languages
The Vikings in Europe
SELCS Advanced Level modules
Teaching consists of a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars, group work and presentations. Language elements comprise four taught hours a week for basic language in year one, four hours a week for intermediate language in year two, and two hours a week for advanced language in the final year. A significant portion of your work will take place in guided independent study. Language teaching is generally undertaken by native speakers.
Most modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examination. Some are assessed by essays only. Language modules are assessed by coursework and written and oral examinations.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Scandinavian Studies BA.
Upon graduation you will be fluent in your chosen language and have a reading knowledge of other Scandinavian languages. The historical and literary parts of the degree will develop your cultural awareness. You will be trained in the organisation, presentation and interpretation of complex information, written and oral communication, and independent and group work.
Many of our graduates find they are able to use their Scandinavian languages in a variety of contexts, such as working for Scandinavian companies. Recent graduates have also entered translating, publishing and teaching.
Please see first destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) from European Languages, Culture and Society programmes at UCL for a selection of representative careers.
- Full-time student, MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge
- Intern, British Embassy
Data 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.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“Many people are surprised that my degree programme even exists! I chose it because I wanted to take advantage of UCL's unique subjects. I don't think that I could be studying both Swedish and Finnish along with Russian evening classes at any other university in the UK.”George Ferguson - Scandinavian Studies BA (Second Year)
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2018/19)
- Overseas students
- £19,390 (2018/19)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
Your personal statement should reflect your interests and goals, especially with respect to your proposed degree. Some knowledge or experience of Scandinavian culture is expected, as well as an explanation of how this has motivated you to learn more. We do not necessarily require a language at A level or equivalent, but expect you to demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for language learning.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2018
If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well suited to our degree and you receive an offer, we shall invite you to a post-offer open day. There, you will be able to experience the sort of teaching we offer and life in SELCS.
Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as your cultural awareness, motivation for study and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.