The Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies invites you to perform close and critical examination of issues concerning historical and contemporary cultural expressions, as well as the differences and similarities between the Scandinavian languages and literatures. Upon completion, you will have career possibilities within the area of cultural communication, in organisations and international companies, as language teachers in middle and upper-secondary schools, and for graduate studies.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies is for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian Studies or the equivalent. It is offered by the Department of Literature and the Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University. Scandinavian Studies is well established as an academic field abroad, e.g. in Germany and North America, and the Master’s programme at Uppsala University now gives you as a student a unique opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary studies of Scandinavian language, literature and culture, while living and studying in Sweden.
The Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies promotes contact within the rich network of institutions of Scandinavian Studies in Europe and North America. It is our ambition that you apply for exchange studies for at least one semester of the programme.
The programme provides a firm ground for doctoral studies, but also good career possibilities within the field of cultural communication. A Master’s degree in Scandinavian Studies will prepare you for a number of different professions, e.g. translator, interpreter, and information officer.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Scandinavian Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits) with Scandinavian Studies as the main field of study.
During the first semester of the Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies, two compulsory courses are studied. The programme begins with an advanced introduction to Scandinavian languages and literature, where you will meet faculty from both the Department of Literature and the Department of Scandinavian Languages. Also compulsory during the first semester is a course in theory and method. You will also begin writing your degree project.
During the second semester, you will take the compulsory course Sung, Said, Written: Swedish Cultural Expressions from 1600 to the Present. You also have the opportunity to take the course Swedish 18th Century Culture from a European Perspective, and two electives from either the Faculty of Humanities or the Faculty of Language. During the second year, you will take courses like Cinematic Adaptations of Scandinavian Literature, and Academic Writing in Swedish. The second year also contains free electives from both faculties, as well as the possibility for you to apply for an internship.
Courses within the programme
One-Year Master, 60 credits
Course 1-6: Advanced Introduction to Scandinavian Languages and Literatures, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Theory and Method (either in Literature or in Scandinavian Languages), 7.5 credits (compulsory) Sung, Said, Written: Swedish Cultural Expressions from 1600 to the Present, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Swedish 18th Century Culture from a European Perspective, 7.5 credits Variations in Swedish, 7.5 credits Degree project, 15 credits/30 credits (compulsory)
The degree project is an extended essay on a subject chosen in consultation with an instructor. If the essay is written in Scandinavian Languages it is equivalent to 15 credit points. If it is written in Literature it equals 30 credits.
Courses 7–8 Free electives
Two-Year Master, 120 credits
Courses 1-8 Advanced Introduction to Language and Literature, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Theory and Method (either in Literature or in Scandinavian Languages), 7.5 credits (compulsory) Sung, Said, Written: Swedish Cultural Expressions from 1600 to the Present, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Swedish 18th-Century Culture from a European Perspective, 7.5 credits Variations in Swedish, 7.5 credits Cinematic Adaptations of Scandinavian Literature, 7.5 credits Academic Writing in Swedish, 7.5 credits Degree project, 30 credits/45 credits (compulsory)
The degree project is an extended essay on a subject chosen in consultation with an instructor. If the essay is written in Scandinavian Languages it is equivalent to 30 credit points. If it is written in Literature it equals 45 credits.
Courses 9–13 Free electives.
One of the courses must be historically oriented. One of the courses can be taken as an internship.
The Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, exercises, field trips, and individual supervision. Great emphasis is placed on the written word and several papers of varying scope are written throughout the course of the programme. The free electives can be found in the faculty's wide range of courses and they generally link to the research areas and special skills of the respective teachers. For those who study the two-year program there is also the possibility of doing an internship.
The language of instruction for the programme is Swedish.
The Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies opens for career possibilities within the area of cultural communication, e.g. as translator, interpreter, or information officer within government administration as well as in organisations and international companies. The programme also provides career paths in compulsory and upper-secondary schools (as a language teacher), and for PhD studies.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Social Sciences. Also required is 60 credits in Scandinavian studies (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish language and culture).
Language requirements Language proficiency to the level of Swedish 3 in the Swedish secondary school, or the equivalent in Danish or Norwegian. All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
All qualified applicants will be admitted.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.