Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Scandinavian Studies

Why choose Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Edinburgh is the only university in Scotland, and one of only two in the UK, to offer undergraduate honours programmes in Scandinavian languages and culture.

  • We are also unique in Scotland in offering both single and joint honours language programmes which all take four years to complete, including a year abroad.

  • Offering 16 languages and a wide range of joint programmes, we’re passionate about enabling choice and broadening minds.

  • You’ll be part of a friendly community of staff and students who value each other’s interests, input and expertise. There’s lots going on at the University in our subject area, and in European Languages and Cultures more widely, from a creative writing magazine to film screenings and student-led plays.

  • Our teaching staff are also highly active researchers, passing on to you the same world-class expertise that gained us excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, when 70 per cent of our European languages and cultures research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, in a joint submission with Celtic and Scottish Studies.

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 3rd year MA (Hons) Scandinavian Studies & Politics
Gabriela Lis 3rd year MA (Hons) Scandinavian Studies & Politics

Introducing Scandinavian Studies

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

Study with us and you’ll learn modern Danish, Swedish or Norwegian in the context of Scandinavian culture, past and present, engaging with a broad range of subjects in Years 1 and 2, then specialising thereafter.

You do not need a previous knowledge of any of the languages, as all classes are taught from beginners' level. Our staff, most of whom are native speakers, are experienced in the accelerated teaching of language skills to ensure that you make good progress.

You’ll be based at the heart of the University 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.