Scandinavian Studies MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

UCL Scandinavian Studies offers supervision in a variety of subjects relating to Nordic language, culture and history. These include Nordic cinema, Nordic literature in a global context, the politics and history of modern Scandinavia, Old Norse literature and Scandinavian medieval history.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£5,860
£2,930
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£26,200
£13,100
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and usually Master's degree with Merit in a relevant field. In the first instance, candidates should establish a dialogue with a potential supervisor before making a formal application. Admission is normally dependent on the submission of a detailed research project proposal.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

To learn more about the research activities of their potential supervisor, prospective applicants are encouraged to consult our staff research profiles and our research page. Research within the Scandinavian studies department encompasses the languages, literature, cultures and histories of all the countries of the Nordic region. We approach these in ways that are both multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary. Specialisms range from Old Norse literature and medieval history; to modern Scandinavian literature, film, music history, musicology and critical theory.

Who this course is for

This MPhil/PhD is for applicants with a strong interest in conducting multi-disciplinary research, who may have completed post-graduate training or study and want to develop an advanced critical analysis in a specific research area. The programme is for applicants with a background or interest in the language, literature, history, linguistics and visual culture of all the countries in the Nordic region. It is suitable for both recent Masters graduates as well as early or mid-career professionals.

What this course will give you

UCL Scandinavian Studies is the largest independent centre of its kind in the UK, and hosts a number of internationally recognised scholars. UCL's research library in Scandinavian Studies is possibly the largest outside of Scandinavia, and the centre is home to a thriving postgraduate community that is closely connected to London's vibrant academic and cultural milieu.

Whatever your chosen field of research, we offer excellent opportunities for MPhil and PhD students to expand their skill base, for instance by auditing classes in Scandinavian languages and participating in our internationally renowned research seminars.

The foundation of your career

Graduates of this programme will possess exceptional abilities in writing and communication, alongside critical and creative thinking, as well as unrivalled research skills. 

Employability

Recent graduates have used their knowledge to work in the fields of research, publishing, communications, law, education curatorship, the BBC, the BFI, advertising and the film industry.

Networking

Supervision and mentorship is available from world-leading researchers with international and national contacts and collaborations across policy, government, cultural institutions, academia and industry, and our approach is always cross-disciplinary.

Links with leading organisations in the field provide opportunities to network and collaborate with a wide variety of external partners. We are also home to Norvik Press, specialising in Nordic literature and culture, and the Viking Society for Northern Research.

Our students gain access to a range of networking events, career workshops and exclusive seminars. Students are strongly encouraged to attend and give papers at conferences, establishing contacts with academics and also peers working in their field.
 

Teaching and learning

To successfully upgrade to a PhD you are required to submit a piece of writing (this is usually based on one chapter from your thesis and a chapter plan for the remainder). You are also required to present and answer questions about this work to a panel consisting of your subsidiary supervisor and another member of the Faculty who acts as an independent assessor

Research areas and structure

  • Old Norse literature
  • Medieval Scandinavian history and culture
  • Modern Scandinavian literature and critical theory
  • Modern Scandinavian culture: including film and musicology
  • Modern Scandinavian politics and society

Research environment

The Department of Scandinavian Studies offers supervision in a variety of subjects relating to Nordic language, culture and history. These include Nordic cinema, Nordic literature in a global context, the politics and history of modern Scandinavia, Old Norse literature and Scandinavian medieval history.

In the first instance, candidates should establish a dialogue with a potential supervisor before making a formal application.

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is usually three years for full-time and five years for part-time. You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 9-18 months after initial registration. 

Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration you may register as a completing research student (CRS) while you write up your thesis.

In the first year, you will be required to take part in a mandatory Skills Seminar Programme. You are expected to agree with your supervisor the basic structure of your research project, an appropriate research method and a realistic plan of work. You will produce and submit a detailed outline of your proposed research to your supervisor for their comments and feedback and be given the opportunity to present your research to UCL academic staff and fellow PhD students.

In the second year, you will be expected to upgrade from MPhil to a PhD. To successfully upgrade to a PhD you are required to submit a piece of writing (this is usually based on one chapter from your thesis and a chapter plan for the remainder). You are also required to present and answer questions about this work to a panel consisting of your subsidiary supervisor and another member of the Faculty who acts as an independent assessor.

The PhD programme is expected to be completed within three years for full-time students, and over five years for part-time students. If you are not ready to submit at the end of the third year, you may update your status to CRS which gives you an additional year's enrolment without the need to pay fees.

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is usually three years for full-time and five years for part-time. You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 9-18 months after initial registration. 

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £5,860 £2,930
Tuition fees (2023/24) £26,200 £13,100

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Additional costs may include expenses such as books, stationery, printing or photocopying, and conference registration fees. Students will need to seek funding if they wish to conduct fieldwork outside of the UK.

The department strives to keep additional costs low. Books and journal articles are usually available via the UCL library (hard copies or via e-journal subscriptions).

The wealth of departmental seminars / colloquiums / symposiums and student organised work in progress sessions give ample opportunities to present research, receive feedback and participate in discussion.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For more details about departmental funding available to postgraduate research students in the department, please refer to our Funding, Scholarships and Prizes (Research) webpage.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

All applicants must identify and contact potential supervisors before making their application. For more information see our 'Need to Know' page.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

Year of entry: 2022-2023

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