Nordic Research

Research Supervision

Areas and topics for which we can coordinate PhD/MSc supervision.

In addition to our undergraduate programmes and our participation in taught postgraduate degrees such as the MSc in Translation Studies, we welcome candidates for postgraduate research degrees (MSc by Research and PhD) in the various aspects of Nordic languages, literature, history, culture and society represented by the research interests of the academic staff. These interests include, but are not limited to:

Language and linguistics

  • Scandinavian language history
  • Language, power and identity
  • Language policy
  • Linguistic landscapes, geosemiotics and language visibility
  • Historical place-name studies
  • Critical place-name studies
  • Dialectology

Literature and cultural studies

  • Modern and contemporary Scandinavian literature
  • Centre and periphery in culture
  • Nation, transnationalism and postnationalism in literature
  • Geocriticism and textual topography
  • Literature and cinema
  • Travel writing
  • Children’s literature
  • International transmission of Scandinavian literature
  • Literary translation

Historical studies

  • The Viking Age and its legacy
  • Diasporas and migration
  • Nordic-Scottish relations and comparative studies
  • Cultural interactions during the Second World War and Cold War
  • Multiculturalism and minorities in the Nordic region

We are also open to supervising research on broader cultural, social, historical and geographical topics from the medieval, modern and contemporary eras. We have considerable experience with comparative studies and welcome proposals for joint supervision with other subject areas, both within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (for example other European languages, Celtic & Scottish Studies and English Literature) and with colleagues in other Schools and departments, such as Archaeology, Education, Geosciences, History, Linguistics, Scottish History or Social and Political Science.