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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.
- UK & EU fee
- £TBC (2017/18 - see below)
- Overseas fee
- £17,710 (2017/18)
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.
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.
This four-year BA, taught in conjunction with UCL’s School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES), combines study of the languages and culture of Scandinavia with a wide range of optional modules in the history of the Nordic and Baltic regions. Year three is spent in a Scandinavian country.
- 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, 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.
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.
Students take 4.0 course units (cu) every year. Below are the requirements for the Scandinavian side
of your degree. Students must take one European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) module out of the Scandinavian side of their
degree in either first or second year. In the final year they can
choose whether to take an ELCS module or not. Students are not
permitted to take an ELCS module out of the History side of their degree
in any year.
Compulsory Modules (1.5cu)
- SCAN1001 Basic Danish/ SCAN1002 Basic Swedish/ SCAN1003 Basic Norwegian/ SCAN1004 Basic Modern Icelandic (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (0.5cu or 1.0cu)
- SCAN1102 Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages (0.5cu)
- SCAN1201 Nordic Storytelling (0.5cu)
- SCAN1303A Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region (term 1) (0.5cu)
- SCAN1303B Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region (term 2) (0.5cu)
- SCAN1303 Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region (terms 1+2) (1.0cu)
- SCAN1401 Introduction to Old Norse (0.5cu)
- SCAN1402 Vikings and Material Culture (0.5cu)
- ELCS1*** first-year level module
Compulsory Modules (1.0cu)
- SCAN2001 Intermediate Danish/ SCAN2002 Intermediate Swedish/ SCAN2003 Intermediate Norwegian/ SCAN2004 Intermediate Modern Icelandic (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (0.5cu or 1.0cu)
- SCAN2* optional modules
- SCAN7* optional modules
- ELCS6*** Any intermediate-level ELCS module (0.5cu)
Year Three (Year Abroad)
Compulsory Modules (0.5cu or 1.0cu)
- SCAN4001 Advanced Danish/ SCAN4002 Advanced Swedish/ SCAN4003 Advanced Norwegian (0.5cu)/ SCAN4004 Degree-Level Modern Icelandic (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (1.5cu or 1.0cu if language is Icelandic)
- SCAN4* optional modules
- SCAN7* optional modules
- ELCS4*** Any advanced-level ELCS module (0.5cu).
- History and foreign language preferred.
- 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
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, History and a language preferred, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
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. History and Foreign Language preferred.
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History and Foreign Language preferred at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. Foreign Language and History preferred.
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.
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 (2010-2013) of this programme, and of related Scandinavian Studies programmes, include:
- Freelance Filmmaker and Photographer
- Full-time student, MA in Roads to Democracy at the University of Uppsala
*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.