Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy BA

London, Bloomsbury
Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy BA (2022)

This degree combines Scandinavian Studies taught in the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society and Philosophy, taught in the UCL Department of Philosophy.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code
R6V5

Entry requirements

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

Grades
BBB more about contextual offers
Subjects
Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Points
36
Subjects
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

Points
32 more about contextual offers
Subjects
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Foreign Language preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB. Foreign language preferred.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). Foreign Language preferred.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Foreign language preferred.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

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

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL 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: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

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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.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

Your degree will be studied on a 50/50 ratio between Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy.

In your first, second and final years you will take modules in your chosen language from Scandinavian Studies and the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to it, as well as modules in your other discipline, Philosophy. You may also take modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS), which offer an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Your third year is spent abroad in a country where a Scandinavian language is spoken, studying at a university or doing a work placement. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence whether or not they started from beginner level.

Please click here for a current list of undergraduate modules in SELCS.

What this course will give you

UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite. Scandinavian Studies offers Danish, Norwegian and Swedish languages from beginner level.

UCL Philosophy is a prestigious department and you will be learning from the pre-eminent thinkers in the field. Our world-leading research spans many areas. In the 2021 REF, 60% of our overall profile received the top grade (4*) the highest of any UK philosophy department.

UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.

Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits each, adding up to a total of 120 credits each year. The range of modules available to students varies from programme to programme and year to year.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Full-time

You will spend the first two years at UCL gaining expertise in the productive and receptive skills of Scandinavian languages and studies as well as gaining a more developed understanding of the literature, cinema, politics, linguistics, history, culture and society of the countries where Scandinavian languages are spoken. You will nominate your chosen language as Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, and select between Scandinavian cultural studies modules in literature and history as well as language-based modules such as linguistics.

There is a compulsory year abroad in Year 3 during which you will spend your time in a country where a Scandinavian language is spoken. You may study at a partner university or undertake an approved work placement.

The final year is based at UCL where you will continue to study a range of advanced level modules on language, applied language (such as translation), literature, history, film and linguistics. A final year dissertation module is available should you wish to undertake a self-initiated project which builds on the independent research skills developed over the course of your programme of study.

Compulsory modules (full-time)

Your degree will be studied on a 50/50 ratio between Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy.

In each year of study at UCL, you will take compulsory Scandinavian Studies language modules, normally up to the value of 30 credits. You will nominate your chosen language as Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. Accompanied by credits in literature, culture, history and linguistics related to your chosen language.

You will also take compulsory modules in Philosophy in each year of study at UCL – for further details please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/philosophy/current-students/ba-programmes/ba-modules

Degrees that are 'and' another subject will usually comprise of 60 credits in SELCS modules and 60 credits from Philosophy.

Optional modules

Optional modules include culture, literature, film, history and linguistics and may be language specific or interdisciplinary in focus.

Further details on modules are available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-languages-culture/programmes-courses/modules-and-timetable/undergraduate-modules

Compulsory modules (full-time)

In each year of study at UCL, you will take compulsory Scandinavian Studies language modules, normally up to the value of 30 credits. You will nominate your chosen language as Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. Accompanied by credits in literature, culture, history and linguistics related to your chosen language.

You will also take compulsory modules in Philosophy in each year of study at UCL – for further details please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/philosophy/current-students/ba-programmes/ba-modules

Optional modules

Optional modules include culture, literature, film, history and linguistics and may be language specific or interdisciplinary in focus.

Further details on modules are available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-languages-culture/programmes-courses/modules-and-timetable/undergraduate-modules

Year abroad

Your third year is spent abroad. This will not only bring the language and culture you are studying to life, but also strengthen your resourcefulness and self-reliance. You will normally spend this year studying at a university in a country where your chosen language is spoken. Alternatives, such as work placements, may be possible.

For further details on the SELCS Year Abroad please consult: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-languages-culture/programmes-courses/undergraduate/year-abroad

Compulsory modules (full-time)

In your final year of study at UCL, you will take compulsory Scandinavian Studies language modules, normally up to the value of 30 credits. You will nominate your chosen language as Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. Accompanied by credits in literature, culture, history and linguistics related to your chosen language.

You will also take compulsory modules in Philosophy in each year of study at UCL – for further details please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/philosophy/current-students/ba-programmes/ba-modules

Optional modules

Optional modules include culture, literature, film, history and linguistics and may be language specific or interdisciplinary in focus.

Further details on modules are available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-languages-culture/programmes-courses/modules-and-timetable/undergraduate-modules

Your learning

Your language classes focus on developing the active skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of methods and media. You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, as well as undertaking web-based study and group work.

During Terms 1 and 2, approximately 35% of a student's time is spent in lectures, seminars or tutorials and the remainder in independent study. There is minimal teaching during Term 3 which focusses on examinations and assessment.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a mixture of written and oral examinations, essays and other forms of coursework.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

Career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching; others continue with training and research.

Employability

There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed within our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £9,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

Additional costs

The Study Abroad year will incur additional travel and living costs which vary depending on destination and what you choose to do during the year. Additional funding may be available via the Turing Scheme, although please note that this is an external scheme so cannot be guaranteed.

In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200–£1,000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

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.

Scholarships

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.

Next steps

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.

Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a Post Offer Open Day, where you can meet academics from both sides of your degree.