Icelandic BA

London, Bloomsbury
Icelandic BA (2023)

UCL's four-year Icelandic BA is the only degree programme of its kind outside Iceland. The programme aims to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of Iceland and the Nordic world, in areas including other Scandinavian languages, literature, culture and history. Your third year is spent abroad at the University of Iceland.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
24,000 (2022/23)
Programme starts
September 2022
Application deadline
26 Jan 2022
UCAS course code
R690

Entry requirements

Grades
ABB
Subjects
Foreign language preferred.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

Grades
BBC more about contextual offers
Subjects
Foreign language preferred.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Points
34
Subjects
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
30 more about contextual offers
Subjects
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 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, 12 credits at Merit and 3 credits at Pass, all from Level 3 units. Foreign Language preferred.

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

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Foreign language preferred.

D3,M1,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.

International applications

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

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

In your first year, you will embark on an intensive study of modern Icelandic at beginner's level, study a mainland Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish) as well as Old Norse, and have the option of studying Scandinavian literary studies and linguistics. In your second year you will continue with language studies and select optional modules.

You will spend year three at the University of Iceland, taking a course in Icelandic for foreign students. If you have been given permission to transfer to Icelandic with Danish, Norwegian or Swedish at the end of year one, you will also take a course in your mainland Scandinavian language while at Reykjavik.

The final year is spent at UCL, where you will take advanced modules in modern Icelandic and Old Norse, study Icelandic literature, and take further optional modules. If you have transferred to Icelandic with Danish, Norwegian or Swedish you will also take advanced modules in your mainland Scandinavian language.

The programme involves modules offered by SELCS, allowing students to study literature, film, art and culture from a wider and more interdisciplinary perspective. You will be exposed to broad cultural movements, issues and approaches and be able to draw on the full range of specialisms within the school.

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

What this course will give you

You will spend a year abroad at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

A broad range of optional modules are available, including Viking Studies, Old Norse, modern Scandinavian languages, literary studies, film studies, history, and cultural studies, together with the opportunity to acquire proficiency in a second Scandinavian language.

UCL Scandinavian Studies has specialists across the areas of language, politics, history, medieval studies, literature and film.

You will have access to the largest and oldest Scandinavian library in the country, as well as state-of-the-art facilities within the UCL Language Space.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Icelandic.

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.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Basic Modern Icelandic
  • Basic language module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
  • Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region
  • Introduction to Old Norse

Optional modules

You will select 15 credits of optional modules from the following (subject to availability):

  • Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages
  • Nordic Storytelling
  • Vikings and Material Culture

You will also choose interdepartmental modules offered by SELCS. Options may include the study of linguistics, film and history.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Intermediate Modern Icelandic Language
  • Intermediate Language module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
  • Old Norse I

Optional modules

You will select 45 credits of optional modules. Options may include:

  • Nordic Cinema
  • Nordic Landscapes
  • Nordic Politics and Society
  • The Nordic Welfare States
  • Scandinavian Literature in Context
  • Viking-Age Scandinavia
  • Introduction to Finnish Society and Culture

SELCS Interdepartmental Intermediate modules

Year abroad key information

You will spend your Year Abroad at a university in Iceland, studying alongside native speakers, to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion.

The experiences and skills developed while abroad further academic and personal development, cultural and social awareness, provide a foundation for further study and enhance career prospects.

For further information please visit the SELCS year abroad website.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Degree-level Modern Icelandic
  • Crime and Small Communities in Nordic Literature
  • Advanced Old Norse

Students taking Advanced Danish, Norwegian or Swedish may also take 15 credits of advanced-level modules language and will be able to transfer to BA in Icelandic with Danish/Norwegian/Swedish (subject to academic approval).

Optional modules

You will select 60 credits of optional modules. Options may include:

  • Dissertation in Scandinavian Studies
  • Extended Essay in Scandinavian Studies
  • Nordic Cinema
  • Nordic Landscapes
  • Nordic Literature in a Global World
  • Nordic Politics and Society
  • The Nordic Welfare States
  • Reading Finnish Society and Culture
  • Scandinavian Social Democracy
  • The Vikings in Europe
  • SELCS Interdepartmental Advanced modules

Students taking Icelandic with Danish, Norwegian or Swedish will take 45 credits of optional modules.

Your learning

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examination. Some are assessed by essays only. Language modules are assessed by coursework and written and oral examinations. During your year abroad you will take modules at your host university.

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

Many of our graduates find they are able to use their Nordic languages in a variety of contexts, such as working for Scandinavian companies. Recent graduates have also entered translating, publishing and teaching.

Employability

Upon graduation you will be fluent in Icelandic and also have knowledge of other medieval and modern Scandinavian languages. The historical and literary parts of the degree will develop your cultural awareness. You will be trained in the organisation, presentation and interpretation of complex information, written and oral communication, and independent and group work.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

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

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

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

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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Modern European Languages Scholarship

Value: £500 per year (Up to 4 years)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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

Your application

Your personal statement should reflect your interests and goals, especially with respect to your proposed degree. Some knowledge or experience of Icelandic culture is expected, as well as an explanation of how this has motivated you to learn more. 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.

Selection

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well suited to our degree and you receive an offer, we shall invite you to a Post Offer Open Day. There, you will be able to experience the sort of teaching we offer and life in SELCS.

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

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