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Tuition fees (2015/16)
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,375
- Overseas Full-time: £17,250
- Overseas Part-time: £8,755
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.
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 as well as modules on Viking and medieval Scandinavia. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- ELCSGG01 - Core Course: Language, Culture & History (30 credits)
- ELCSG099 - Dissertation (60 credits)
- ELCSG098 - Research Dissertation (90 credits)
Scandinavian Module Options
- SCANG001 - Advanced Scandinavian Translation (30 credits)
- SCANG013 - Introduction to Old Norse (30 credits)
- SCANG014 - Crime and Small Communities in Nordic Literature (15 credits)
- SCANGF05 - Nordic Cinema: Contextualising Dreyer, Bergman and Dogme (30 credits)
- SCANGM05 - Sources for the Viking Age (30 credits)
- SCANGM06 - Advanced Old Icelandic Literature (30 credits)
These MA modules are designed as an extension to an existing undergraduate course and students taking it will taught along with the undergraduates following that course. MA students following these modules will be provided with five extra 'dedicated' seminars covering material not featured in the undergraduate modules. The examination of these modules, and the assessment for them, are different from the examination and assessment of the undergraduate modules.
Elective modules offered as part of the MA Language Culture and History programme may be withdrawn in the event of low uptake.
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:
- SELCS Modules
- Modules from the various MA programmes in the Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII).
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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 Doctoral School also need to submit their application for the degree programme in good 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
- what you expect to get out of the programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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
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 and information management. Expertise in Nordic languages is rare in the UK, and employer demand is accordingly high. 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.