Scandinavian Studies
Postgraduate study

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Scandinavia's languages, and its history, politics and culture, have long had a considerable impact beyond the Nordic region.

We are the only university in Scotland, and one of only two in the UK, to offer undergraduate honours programmes in Scandinavian Studies.

Since 1987, we have been teaching modern Scandinavian languages at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervising a range of research.

We are the proud home of the Northern Scholars Scheme which fosters co-operation between the Nordic and Baltic countries and Scotland.

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Learn modern Danish, Swedish or Norwegian in the context of Scandinavian culture, past and present.

Take an MSc by Research or PhD in an aspect of Nordic languages, literatures, history, culture or society.

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QS World Rankings by Subject 2023

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we’re in the World Top 10 for Modern Languages (7) and Arts & Humanities (10).

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on research citations and the results of major global surveys of employers and academics.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

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Established in 1956, this scheme fosters co-operation between scholars of Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.