Scandinavian Studies

Undergraduate study | Scandinavian Studies

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

Why study Scandinavian Studies in Edinburgh?

Scandinavian languages and cultures are rapidly expanding in popularity, with television, film and literature, in particular, attracting global critical acclaim.

Edinburgh is the only university in Scotland, and one of only two in the UK, to offer undergraduate honours programmes in Scandinavian Studies, enabling you to learn modern Danish, Swedish or Norwegian in the context of Scandinavian culture, past and present.

The University is also unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working. If you are studying Danish, Swedish or Norwegian and another language, you will divide your time between two countries, broadening your skills and experience.

One of the most attractive characteristics of our degree is its flexibility. As well as lots of joint honours combinations, your first two (pre-honours) years will give you the option to study other subjects drawn from a broad list of disciplines. 

You’ll be part of a small, friendly community of staff and students at all levels who really value each other’s interests, input and expertise, and where there’s lots going on in the subject area. Edinburgh itself is a world-leading festival city with excellent cultural and research links to the Nordic nations, and a great Scandinavian scene.

Studying here was the best choice I have ever made. The department is full of many kind people who share my passion for Scandinavian Studies. The course starts at beginners' level, but after a year I already feel fluent in Norwegian [my choice from the three Scandinavian languages on offer], with the help of amazing tutors, fellow students, and the Scandinavian community here at the University.

Lili, Year 2, Scandinavian Studies & Spanish MA (Hons)

QS World Rankings by Subject 2021

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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 place 13th for Modern Languages; 11th for Arts & Humanities.

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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Other ways to take Scandinavian Studies at Edinburgh

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If you're not on one of our degree programmes, you can still learn Danish, Norwegian or Swedish with us!

As an undergraduate student of most subjects at the University of Edinburgh, you can take a Scandinavian language, or one of our cultural courses, as an outside subject in one or both of Years 1 and 2 of your programme, depending on your timetable. You don't need any prior knowledge of any of our subjects.

We also teach Icelandic as an Open Language course.

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