Scandinavian Studies BA
This degree provides the opportunity to specialise in the Danish, Norwegian or Swedish language, and to develop an in-depth appreciation of Scandinavian culture. You will have access to state-of-the-art language teaching facilities and the largest and oldest Scandinavian library in the UK, and will spend a year in a Scandinavian country.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- Foreign language preferred.
- BBB (more about contextual offers)
- Foreign language preferred.
- English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.
- 32 (more about contextual offers)
- A score 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:
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
This degree programme gives you the opportunity to learn a Scandinavian language of which you have no prior knowledge and attain a near-native competence by the time you graduate.
You will spend your third year abroad in Scandinavia, at a university in Denmark, Norway or Sweden depending upon your chosen 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.
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).
Language modules are mandatory in each year. You will nominate your chosen language as Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. No prior knowledge of the language chosen is required. The rest of your degree will be made up of other compulsory modules featuring cultural studies and linguistics, plus optional modules chosen according to your interests.
You will also take modules from the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS). This will allow you to study subjects like literature, film, art and culture from a wider 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.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Basic Language Module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region
Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages
Introduction to Old Norse
You will also choose interdepartmental modules offered by SELCS. Options may include the study of linguistics, film and history.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Intermediate Language Module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
You will select 90 credits of optional modules. Options may include:
Basic Modern Icelandic
Beginners Finnish Language
Intermediate Old Norse
FInland: Environment, Culture and Society
Politics and Society in the Nordic Countries, 1990s and After
Scandinavian Literature in Context
SELCS Interdepartmental Intermediate modules
You will spend your Year Abroad at a university in the country where your target language is spoken, 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.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Advanced Language Module in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Advanced Project Work in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish
Dissertation in Scandinavian Studies
You will select 60 credits of optional modules. Options may include:
Advanced Old Norse
Intermediate Finnish Language
Intermediate Modern Icelandic
Nordic Landscapes in text, image and sound
Nordic Politics and Society
The Nordic Welfare States
Translation from the Scandinavian Languages
The Vikings in Europe
Vikings and Valkyries in Contemporary Culture
SELCS Interdepartmental Advanced modules
Teaching consists of a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars, group work and presentations. Language elements comprise four taught hours a week for basic language in year one, four hours a week for intermediate language in year two, and two hours a week for advanced language in the final year. A significant portion of your work will take place in guided independent study.
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.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Scandinavian Studies BA.
Upon graduation you will be fluent in your chosen language and have a reading knowledge of other 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.
Many of our graduates find they are able to use their Scandinavian languages in a variety of contexts, such as working for Scandinavian companies. Recent graduates have also entered translating, publishing and teaching.
Please see first destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) from European Languages, Culture and Society programmes at UCL for a selection of representative careers.
Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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“Many people are surprised that my degree programme even exists! I chose it because I wanted to take advantage of UCL's unique subjects. I don't think that I could be studying both Swedish and Finnish along with Russian evening classes at any other university in the UK.”George Ferguson - Scandinavian Studies BA Second Year
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2019/20)
- Overseas students
- £19,970 (2019/20)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
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.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
The scholarships listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.
- £2,500 per year
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
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.