Scandinavian Studies


Research projects, centres, networks and publications in Scandinavian Studies.

Research Excellence

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In the latest Research Excellence Framework - REF 2021 - our research was submitted in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Panel D - Arts and Humanities; Unit of Assessment 26).

The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK.

As published in Times Higher Education's REF power ratings, this result is based on the quality and breadth of our research in Modern Languages and Linguistics. 

Read more about our School's performance in REF 2021 

Browse Edinburgh Research Explorer for staff profiles, research outputs and activities

Selected research centres and networks

Research centres and networks range from formal collaborations to informal groups of researchers working together on a theme or challenge.

The groups provide opportunities for researchers at all career stages to work together with partners and stakeholders in organising events, workshopping publications, engaging audiences outside the academy, and exploring ideas for future projects and funding bids.

Northern Scholars

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Established in 1956, the Northern Scholars scheme fosters co-operation between colleagues in the University of Edinburgh and scholars of the Nordic and Baltic countries: Denmark; Finland; the Faroes; Greenland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden; Estonia; Latvia; and Lithuania. Mutual areas of interest include aspects of linguistics, history and culture common to these countries and to Scotland.

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Selected research projects

Postgraduate research and supervision

Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to make an original, positive contribution to research in Scandinavian Studies.

Join our interdisciplinary community and undertake your PhD under the guidance of our experienced and well-published supervisors. We also offer a one year Masters by Research degree with a choice of two pathways. This degree is a good stepping stone between undergraduate and doctoral study. 

The University of Edinburgh is one of the very few centres for the study of modern Scandinavian languages in the UK. We have been teaching and supervising research in the languages, literatures and cultures of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and other parts of the wider Nordic region since 1987.

Find out more about postgraduate research in Scandinavian Studies

Read our pre-application guidance on writing a PhD research proposal