Undergraduate study - 2021 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 that our four-year language programmes include a year studying, teaching or working abroad.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 12th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • 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

I am pushing myself to my limits each and every day. I have not had a day in Edinburgh yet, after which I haven't felt like I have learned something new and fascinating.

Gabriela Lis 4th year MA (Hons) Scandinavian Studies & Politics
Gabriela Lis 4th year MA (Hons) Scandinavian Studies & Politics

Introducing Scandinavian Studies

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