This BA, taught in conjunction with UCL's School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES), combines study of the languages and culture of Scandinavia with a wide range of optional courses in the history of the Nordic and Baltic regions. Year three is spent in a Scandinavian country.
- Degree Programme
- Scandinavian Studies and History BA
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- History and foreign language preferred.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C 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, History and a language preferred, 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. History and Foreign Language preferred.
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History and Foreign Language preferred at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AB. History and Foreign Language preferred.
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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.
- The opportunity to learn a Scandinavian language of which you have no prior knowledge, and to attain a near-native level of competence by the time you graduate.
- Spend a year abroad in Scandinavia, benefiting from the department's extensive contacts with universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
- The Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL is unique in the UK in having specialists across the areas of language, politics, history, medieval studies, literature and film.
- SSEES is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. The SSEES library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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 courses are mandatory in each year, and no prior knowledge of the language chosen is required. Half your courses will be in Scandinavian Studies and half will be on the history of the Nordic and Baltic region.
You will nominate your language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish), and undertake cultural studies in literature, film and history as well as language-based courses such as linguistics and translation studies.
It may be possible to choose Icelandic as the Scandinavian language instead of Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. Please contact the SELCS Admissions Officer for further advice.
You will spend your third year studying at a university in the country where your chosen language is spoken.
You also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.
Basic language course in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
History of Eastern Europe Since 1856
Seminars in History
You will select from the following courses, to the value of 1.0 credits:
Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region
Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages
Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduction to Old Norse
ELCS Intermediate Level courses
In addition you will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of options taught in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
Intermediate language course in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
You will select 1.0 credits from all Scandinavian Studies Year Two options and 2.0 credits from all SSEES History options.
Scandinavian options may include:
Nordic Politics and Society
Old Norse I
The Nordic Welfare States
ELCS Intermediate Level courses
SSEES options may include:
Between Politics and Culture: German Ideas 1890-1970
Fascism and Authoritarianism in Eastern Europe 1918-1945
History of Modern Germany 1815-1990
The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia
Students currently complete a 4,000-word Year Abroad Project in the target language and any assessment required by the host university.
Advanced language course in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
You will select 3.5 credits of optional courses, including 2 credits from all SSEES History options and 1.5 credits from Modern Languages.
Scandinavian Studies options may include:
Advanced Project Work in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Old Norse II
Scandinavian Social Democracy
The Vikings in Europe
ELCS Advanced Level courses
SSEES options may include:
East and West Through Travel Writing: The Limits and Divisions of Europe
Ivan the Terrible, the Russian Monarchy in the 16th Century
The Russian Revolution
Urban Culture and Modernity: Vienna-Prague-Budapest 1857-1938
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. Much of your work will be through guided independent study. Language teaching is generally undertaken by native speakers.
Most courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examination. A few are assessed by essays only. Language courses are assessed by coursework, a written and an oral examination. During your year abroad, you will take courses at the host university and will complete a Year Abroad Project.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Scandinavian Studies and History BA.
Upon graduation you will be fluent in your chosen language, and have a reading knowledge of other Scandinavian languages. Historical and literary studies will develop cultural awareness, and you will be trained in organising, presenting and interpreting complex information, effective written and oral communication, and in 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 a Scandinavian company. Recent graduates have also entered translating, publishing and teaching.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme, and of related Scandinavian Studies programmes, include:
- Full-time student, MA in Roads to Democracy at the University of Uppsala (2012)
- Analyst, Bloomberg (2012)
- Intern, British Embassy (2011)
- IT Analyst, Cyber (2010)
- Full-time student, MA in Language, Culture and History: Scandinavian Studies at UCL (2010)
*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas fee
- £16,130 (2016/17)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
- UK, EU
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.