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Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley


Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£14,750 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at:


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Scandinavian Studies and History BA


This BA, taught in conjunction with UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), combines study of the languages and culture of Scandinavia with a wide range of optional courses in the history of the Nordic and Baltic regions. Year three is spent in a Scandinavian country.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • 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, Finland, 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.

Language courses are mandatory in each year, and no prior knowledge of the language chosen is required. Half your courses will be in Scandinavian Studies and half will be on the history of the Nordic and Baltic region.

You will nominate your language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish), and undertake cultural studies in literature, film and history as well as language-based courses such as linguistics and translation studies.

You will spend your third year studying at a university in the country where your chosen language is spoken.

You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Your Learning

Teaching consists of a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars, group work and presentations. Language elements comprise five taught hours a week for basic language in year one, three hours a week for intermediate language in year two, and two hours a week for advanced language in the final year. Much of your work will be through guided independent study. Language teaching is generally undertaken by native speakers.


Most courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examination. A few are assessed by essays only. Language courses are assessed by a written and an oral examination and coursework. During your year abroad, you will take courses at the host university and will complete a Year Abroad Project.


Students take 4.0 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.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)

  • SCAN1001 - Basic Danish/ SCAN1002 Basic Swedish/ SCAN1003 Basic Norwegian (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (0.5 course units)

  • 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)
  • ELCS6*** Any intermediate-level ELCS module (0.5cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)

  • SCAN2001 Intermediate Danish/ SCAN2002 Intermediate Swedish/ SCAN2003 Intermediate Norwegian (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (0.5 course units)

  • SCAN2* optional modulesSCAN7* optional modules ELCS6*** Any intermediate-level ELCS module (0.5cu)

Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (0.5 course units)

  • SCAN4001 Advanced Danish/ SCAN4002 Advanced Swedish/ SCAN4003 Advanced Norwegian (0.5cu)

Optional Modules (1.5 course units)

  • SCAN4* optional modules
  • SCAN7* optional modules
  • SEEF* optional modules (subject to availability/pre-requisites)
  • ELCS4*** Any advanced-level ELCS module (0.5cu).

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades ABB
Subjects History and foreign language preferred.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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:

IB Diploma

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

Other Qualifications

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

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website:

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Your Career

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 (2009-2011) of this programme, and of related Scandinavian Studies programmes, include:

  • Intern, British Embassy (2011)
  • IT Analyst, Cyber (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Language, Culture and History: Scandinavian Studies at UCL (2010)
  • Translator, Rainbow Translations (2009)
  • Web Producer, BBC (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

Your personal statement should reflect your interests, hopes and goals, especially as related to your proposed degree. Some knowledge/experience of Scandinavian culture, and an explanation of how this has motivated you to learn more, is expected. 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.


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree you will be invited to attend an applicant open day where you will meet a member of academic staff. You may also be asked to respond to an admissions questionnaire and/or attend an interview.

For candidates for whom travelling to UCL is difficult, alternative arrangements will be made. Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainment as well as cultural awareness, motivation for study and intellectual potential.

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