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  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

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Scandinavian Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

UCL's Scandinavian Studies MA offers an intellectually exciting and flexible range of options focusing on Nordic culture in a global context. No prior knowledge of a Nordic language is required, though students can opt to consolidate their language or translation skills, or to start Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish from scratch.


Overview

What will I learn?

Option modules include advanced translation skills, Nordic cinema, Nordic literature in global perspective, the transnational politics of the region, and material cultures. Assessed modules are supplemented with workshops and a summer school providing opportunities for networking and career development in publishing, translation, filmmaking, and the heritage and creative sectors.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Scandinavian Studies is the largest independent Scandinavian department in the UK. Our research and teaching encompasses the languages, literatures, cultures, histories and politics of the entire Nordic region, ranging from the Viking Middle Ages to the present day.

Facilities are excellent: UCL boasts possibly the best Scandinavian Studies library outside Scandinavia, and students also have the outstanding collections of the British Library close at hand. Excellent links with universities in mainland Scandinavia, Iceland and Finland provide further benefits.

The department is home to the Viking Society for Northern Research, a leading publisher of Old Norse texts and monographs on Medieval Scandinavia.


Structure

The Scandinavian Studies MA option offers an intellectually exciting and flexible range of options focusing on Nordic culture in a global context. No prior knowledge of a Nordic language is required, though students can opt to consolidate their language or translation skills, or to start Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish from scratch.

The MA can serve as a stepping stone between undergraduate studies and PhD research for students specialising in Nordic Studies. It is also ideal as a one-year professional development opportunity for those working in a field in which knowledge of Scandinavian culture is important: for example, design, publishing, politics, or commerce.

Assessed modules are supplemented with workshops and a summer school providing opportunities for networking and career development in publishing, translation, filmmaking, and the heritage and creative sectors.

All MA programmes should add up to 180 credits. They can be taken as Taught or Research-Intensive Pathways, details are given below.

Taught Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (60 credits) and 90 credits-worth of other modules, at least 60 credits of which must be chosen from the language-specific pathway.

Research-Intensive Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (90 credits) and 60 credits-worth of other modules, at least 60 credits of which must be chosen from the language-specific pathway.

Compulsory Module Options

or

Scandinavian Module Options

Other Module Options

With the agreement of the Programme Director, students may combine their interests in Scandinavian Studies with other areas or subjects taught across the various MA programmes. Students may choose from:




Entry

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Scandinavian Studies from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant discipline.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. If you are planning to apply for funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, you need to submit your application for the degree programme no later than 1 February for the year of entry. Applicants intending to apply for funding from UCL Graduate School also need to submit their application for the degree programme in plenty of time.

Who can apply?

This MA can serve as a stepping stone between undergraduate studies and PhD research for students specialising in Nordic Studies. It is also ideal as a one-year professional development opportunity for those working in a field in which knowledge of Scandinavian culture is important: for example, design, publishing, politics or commerce.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Scandinavian Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Scandinavian Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Careers

Career

An MA in Scandinavian Studies offers prospects for employment in the private as well as in the public sector, whether in Scandinavia or in the English-speaking world. Former graduate students in the department are to be found in a range of challenging careers, which include work in IT and management, museums and university teaching.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Study Group, Library Administrator, 2010
  • Warsaw Studies Centre, English Teacher, 2010

Employability

In the UK and abroad, the Nordic countries are increasingly recognised for the success of their political and social model, and for their film, literature, food and design. Our MA graduates bring their deep understanding of Scandinavian culture to careers in which knowledge of the region is key: publishing, the arts, commerce, information management. Expertise in Nordic languages is rare in the UK, and employer demand is accordingly hgh. Our MA allows students to hone their Nordic language skills or to try a new language. Many of our graduates launch careers with translation companies and as freelancers.


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