Welcome to the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies!
We teach and research the languages, literature, history and visual culture of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden from the medieval period to the present day. As the oldest Department of Scandinavian Studies in the UK, we offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the history and culture of the Nordic region, including intensive language training ab initio. Research at the department spans an array of subjects related to the Nordic world, from Scandinavian crime fiction to the music of Sibelius, from film and media studies to Viking poetry.
The UCL Department
of Scandinavian Studies is housed within the School of European Languages, Culture & Society. The department is home to Norvik Press, the UK's only press specialising in Nordic literature and culture, and
to the Viking Society for Northern Research, the world’s foremost learned society in
the field of medieval Scandinavian studies.
“It is so much fun learning Old Norse as well as Norwegian, from scratch. It provides me with invaluable life skills and opens many doors such as moving to any part of Scandinavia when I am older. It makes me excited for the future!”
— BA Scandinavian Studies student
Find out more about your options for study, and the Department's specialisms using the links below.