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Scandinavian Studies and History BA
UCAS code: RV6C
This BA, taught in conjunction with UCLs School of Slavonic and 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.
- Entry requirements
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- Degree structure
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|Subjects||History and foreign language preferred.|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||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|
|Subjects||A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, History and a language preferred, with no score lower than 5.|
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University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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.
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.
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.
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).
Further details on 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 (2010-2012) of this programme, and of related Scandinavian Studies programmes, include:
- 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)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
Your personal statement should reflect your interests, hopes and goals, especially as related to your proposed degree. Some knowledge/experience of Scandinavian culture, and an explanation of how this has motivated you to learn more, is expected. 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.
If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.
Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainment as well as cultural awareness, motivation for study and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.
Video: applying to UCL through UCAS
Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
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