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  • Start date: September 2018

Viking and Old Norse Studies BA

This four-year programme aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the Viking Age through study of the medieval and modern Scandinavian languages, Old Norse literature, and medieval history. The third year is spent abroad at a university in Denmark, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
R691
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
5 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
ABB
Subjects
English Literature, History and/or a language preferred.
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

IB Diploma

Points
34
Subjects
A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. English Literature, History and/or language preferred.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

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. English Literature or History preferred.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). English Literature or History and/or langauge preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. English Literature or History and/or language preferred.

International applications

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.

Degree benefits

  • 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, Iceland, 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.

Degree structure

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).

In the first year, you will study a mainland Scandinavian language and Old Norse. You will also have the option of studying modules in Scandinavian history, linguistics, and medieval history.

In the second year you will continue your language studies, with a particular emphasis on Old Norse. You will also take a module in Viking Age Scandinavia.

Your third year is spent abroad at a university in Scandinavia.

Your final year is spent at UCL where you will continue with your language studies and take advanced modules including Old Norse and The Vikings in Europe. A dissertation option is available.

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.

Modules

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 Old Norse
Vikings and Material Culture

Optional modules

You will select one of the following:

Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages
Nordic Storytelling

You will also choose an interdepartmental module 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
Old Norse I
Viking-Age Scandinavia

Optional modules

You will select 1.0 credits of optional modules. Options may include:

Introduction to Finnish Society and Culture
Nordic Cinema
Nordic Landscapes
Scandinavian Literature in Context
The Nordic Welfare States

You will also choose an intermediate level interdepartmental module offered by SELCS to the value of 0.5 credits.

Year abroad

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
Old Norse II
The Vikings in Europe

Optional modules

You will select 2.5 credits of optional modules. Options may include:

Advanced Project Work in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Dissertation in Scandinavian Studies
Extended Essay in Scandinavian Studies
Mythology and Religion in Medieval Scandinavia
Nordic Cinema
Nordic Landscapes
Nordic Politics and Society
Scandinavian Social Democracy
The Nordic Welfare States
Translation from the Scandinavian Languages
ELCS Advanced Level modules

Your learning

Teaching comprises lectures, classes, seminars, group work and presentations. The modern 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.

Assessment

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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Viking and Old Norse Studies BA.

Careers

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.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme at UCL include:

  • Library Assistant, University of Warwick
  • Full-time student, MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCL
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£17,710 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.

Funding

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.

Departmental scholarships

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 application

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



Selection

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.


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