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Scandinavian Studies

We teach and research the languages, literature, history and visual culture of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden from the medieval period to the present day. As the oldest centre for Scandinavian Studies in the UK, we offer a wide range of programmes in the history and culture of the Nordic region, including intensive language training ab initio. Our research spans an array of subjects related to the Nordic world, from Scandinavian crime fiction to the music of Sibelius, from film and media studies to Viking poetry.

Scandinavian Studies is housed within the UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS). We are 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.

In 2008, Jessica Mulvogue and Ethan Stocks, students of UCL's Film Studies MA, made a short film about the Department of Scandinavian Studies. They were inspired by Jørgen Leth's classic short Det perfekte menneske (The Perfect Human, 1966).