Do you want to increase your knowledge of Scandinavian literature and languages through studies in Sweden? Then the Master's Programme in Scandinavian Studies is the choice for you. The programme has a flexible curriculum, and you can control your course of study through elective courses in language, literature or rhetoric. The programme prepares you for careers within the field of cultural communication, as well as within translation and information in both government administration and in organisations and international companies. The programme also prepares you for future PhD studies.
Why this programme?
Scandinavian Studies is well established as an academic field in the world, and the Master's programme at Uppsala University gives you as a student an opportunity to pursue studies of Scandinavian language, literature and culture while living and studying in Sweden. Within the programme you will meet teachers with broad research expertise. You may focus on fields spanning from runology and Icelandic to onomastics and grammar; or from Scandinavian poetry and 18th-century literature to the sociology of literature and political rhetoric.
The programme is offered by the Department of Literature and the Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University. You can tailor your curriculum by choosing courses at both departments or at one of the other departments at the Faculty of Arts. If you study the two-year programme, it is also possible to replace one or two of the courses with an internship.
All courses are taught in Swedish, and the degree project is written in one of the Scandinavian languages, something that is internationally unique for educations in Scandinavian studies. In addition to the scientific training, the education thus provides a very solid training in language proficiency in scientific and professional contexts.
The courses generally put emphasis on communicative skills in Swedish in combination with the theoretical studies. The education is normally seminar-based and offer you training in oral communication as well as academic writing. One of the departments' research specialisations is rhetoric and you can take courses focused on rhetorical communication and politics. In your overall course of study, you can choose to focus on a more practical track, by taking courses on, for example, popular science writing, publishing in practice, or project management.
Teaching is generally seminar-based and offers training in oral communication. Through various writing assignments, you will also further practise your academic writing skills. The two-year programme also offers opportunities for internships.
Student profile Our students come from all over the world. Many see the program as a path into further studies and an academic career, whereas others envision a career outside the university. What unites them is a great interest in Swedish and Scandinavian culture, literary history and language. Students have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) within the humanities or social sciences. Good knowledge of Swedish, Danish or Norwegian is required for this programme, which is largely studied together with Swedish master's students.
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.
At the beginning of the first semester, you choose to focus on either Scandinavian languages or literature. The programme begins with an advanced introduction to Scandinavian languages and literature, where you will meet teachers from both the Department of Literature and the Department of Scandinavian Languages. Also, you are required during the first semester to take a course in theory and method, either in literature or Scandinavian languages.
During the second semester, you will take the compulsory course Sung, Said, Written: Swedish Cultural Expressions from 1600 to the Present.
You will also take elective courses. You can tailor the programme according to your interests by choosing courses from both departments, and also from other departments at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Languages.
The degree project is written within the chosen field of focus (literature or Scandinavian languages).
Courses within the programme
One-Year Master, 60 credits Compulsory courses: Introductory Course in Scandinavian Languages and Literature, 7.5 credits Theory and Method (either in Literature or in Scandinavian Languages), 7.5 credits Sung, Said, Written: Scandinavian Cultural Expressions from 1600 to the Present, 7.5 credits
Focus on literary studies: One elective course on advanced level A degree project focused on literature, 30 credits (preferably distributed over both the first and the second semester)
Focus on Scandinavian languages: Three elective courses on advanced level; one or two of the elective courses may be chosen from first cycle courses. A degree project, 30 credits (second semester)
Two-Year Master, 120 credits Compulsory courses: Introductory Course in Scandinavian Languages and Literature, 7.5 credits Theory and Method (either in Literature or in Scandinavian Languages), 7.5 credits Sung, Said, Written: Scandinavian Cultural Expressions from 1600 to the Present, 7.5 credits
Focus on literary studies: Seven elective course on advanced level* A degree project, 45 credits (preferably distributed over three or four semesters)
Focus on Scandinavian languages: Nine elective courses on advanced level* A degree project, 30 credits (third and fourth semester)
*One or two of the elective courses may be replaced by an internship. One to four of the elective courses may be chosen from first cycle courses.
The teaching takes place in Uppsala. The courses are usually seminar-based, but also include practical exercises and tutoring. At seminars, you present your ideas and discuss the reading you have done beforehand (a course book or other study material), while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. Students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions. You receive training in both oral and written communication.
All teaching is carried out by active researchers in literature, rhetoric, and Scandinavian languages, including teachers in Danish, Icelandic, and Norwegian. Great emphasis is placed on the written word. You will write several papers of varying scope throughout the programme.
The elective courses can be chosen from the wide range of courses given at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Languages.
The language of instruction for the programme is Swedish.
The programme prepares you for careers that require the capability to analyse, communicate, and review critically, especially where knowledge of language is considered a merit. These skills are in demand in the field of cultural communication, at non-governmental organisations, in tourism, the business sector, etc. For example, you can work with translation and information at government agencies, organisations and international companies. The programme also prepares you for PhD studies.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a proof of Swedish language proficiency.
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 Proficiency in Swedish equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3, or the equivalent in Danish or Norwegian, as well as proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. The English language requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
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.