A degree in Scandinavian Studies will introduce you to the languages, history and culture of this unique region, while offering rigorous academic training in the heart of London.
A single-subject degree
- Icelandic BA
- Scandinavian Studies BA (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish option)
- Viking and Old Norse Studies BA
Degrees combining Scandinavian languages with another modern language
Degrees combining a modern language and another, non-language subject
- Scandinavian Studies and English BA
- Scandinavian Studies and History BA
- Scandinavian Studies and History of Art BA
- Scandinavian Studies and Latin BA
- Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies BA
- Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy BA
You can also take Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish with the following degrees:
- Comparative Literature BA
- Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad BA
- Language and Culture BA
- Scandinavian Studies with Film Studies BA
Why study with us?
We are one of only two departments in the UK to offer degree-level study of the Nordic region. A degree in Scandinavian Studies, Icelandic, or Viking and Old Norse Studies makes you stand out from the crowd! We are the only university department in England to offer Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Modern Icelandic and Old Norse to Honours level, as well as a wide range of modules on the history and culture of the Nordic region.
“I love studying in the Scandinavian Department at UCL because it is so tight-knit, and we can help and support each other in seminars. It means support is always just round the corner." - BA Scandinavian Studies student
“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
Our teaching and research interests encompass history, politics, literature, translation, cinema, material culture, music and language in Scandinavia from medieval times to the present day. We organise regular events for students and for the public, on topics ranging from Viking love poetry to Nordic Noir crime fiction.
- Range of Specialisms and Courses
A truly Nordic department, we teach Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, as well as their medieval precursor, Old Norse. Our cultural, historical and political courses also cover Finland.
We have strong medieval expertise, both historical and literary, and we offer a variety of modules in modern cultural studies, including literature, film, historical topics and politics. Our language courses are intense and engaging, taught in small groups by experienced language pedagogues using a wide range of materials and topics, and our cultural and historical courses are designed to give both broad coverage of disciplines and topics as well as in-depth critical exposure and analysis.
We have dedicated degree programmes in Scandinavian Studies, Viking and Old Norse Studies, and Icelandic (all of which includes study of a main land Scandinavian language), or you can combine study of one of our languages with another language or another subject in SELCS and beyond.
- Innovative Teaching
Research-based learning. The Department's teaching and research staff specialise in a wide range of fields and disciplines. Our strengths include medieval history and literature; modern literature, history and politics; film and media studies; and musicology and cultural studies. We enjoy sharing our research with our students, and we are passionate about helping students develop their own research skills, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Department runs regular research seminars, conferences and workshops in order to showcase research by staff and students.
Learn three Scandinavian languages for the price of one! Our language tutors work together to teach students of the three mainland Scandinavian languages how to speak to each other in their respective languages. Joint classes in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish ensure that students learn how to communicate across the Scandinavian region.
Learning outside the classroom. We try to take advantage of all the opportunities offered by our London location. As part of our 'Vikings and Material Cultures' module, we take students on study trips to the British Museum, the Museum of London and Senate House Library. We hold language classes in the UCL Art Museum and participate in events at the various Nordic Embassies, including book launches and author visits. We also organise study trips to Norway and Denmark so that students can experience the region first-hand and practice their languages will in advance of the Year Abroad.
- Connections and Collaborations
Located in the heart of London, UCL is a five-minute walk from the British Museum and ten minutes from the British Library. We are surrounded by world-famous cultural institutions and historic landmarks, as well as a diverse, multicultural population. At UCL, you will meet people from across the UK and around the world.
We have close ties with the Nordic Embassies in London, allowing our students unique access to Embassy events such as author visits, academic conferences and social gatherings. We are also 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.
- Our Programmes
Each of our undergraduate degrees combines intensive language learning with modules on the history and culture of this fascinating region. As our student, you will spend the first two years of the degree in London before travelling abroad to study at a Scandinavian university.
Spending your third year abroad is the perfect opportunity to get to know the region first-hand, practice the language, and make friends with other, like-minded students.
After a final, fourth year of study back in London, you will have mastered at least one Nordic language and you will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of the Nordic region and its relationship with the rest of the world. You'll also have honed your written and oral communication abilities, and you'll have learned how to develop and carry out independent, academic research.