2022 entry

Subject area: Scandinavian Studies

Why choose Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

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

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 13th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

  • You’ll be part of a friendly community of staff and students, with lots going on in our subject area – and in European Languages and Cultures more widely – from a creative writing magazine to film screenings, societies, and student-led plays.

Study abroad

Studying Norwegian [my chosen Scandinavian language of the three on offer at the University of Edinburgh] 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, with the help of amazing tutors, fellow students, and the Scandinavian community here at the university.

Lili 2nd year MA (Hons) Scandinavian Studies and Spanish
Lili 2nd year MA (Hons) Scandinavian Studies and Spanish

Introducing Scandinavian Studies

Denmark, Norway and Sweden have long had a considerable impact beyond the Nordic region.

Today, Scandinavian languages and cultures continue to expand in popularity. The region's television, film and literature, in particular, attract global critical acclaim.

Suitable for complete beginners, our Scandinavian Studies programmes enable you to learn modern Danish, Swedish or Norwegian in the context of Scandinavian culture, past and present.

Home of the Northern Scholars programme, the University has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in this area.

Over the course of your four-year programme, you will specialise in the modern language of either Denmark, Norway or Sweden but, whichever you choose, you will also gain an understanding of the other two.

You will spend Year 3 studying, teaching or working in a Scandinavian country.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's Central Area in a world-leading festival city with excellent cultural and research links to the Nordic nations, a thriving Scandinavian scene, and fantastic libraries, language learning facilities, and collections.