Master's Programme in Scandinavian Studies 2021/2022

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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 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.

Teaching is generally seminar-based and offers training in oral communication. Academic writing is trained in various writing assignments. Within the two-year programme there are internship opportunities.

The programme is offered by the Department of Literature and the Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University.

Degree

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.

Programme

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 compulsory during the first semester is 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 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

If you have chosen to focus on literary studies, the degree project comprises 30 credits. If you have chosen to focus on Scandinavian languages, the degree project comprises 15 credits. A degree project focussed on literature (30 credits) is preferably distributed over both the first and the second semester. If you have chosen to write your degree project within the field of Scandinavian languages​​ (15 credits), it is written in its entirety during the second semester.

If you have chosen a literary focus, you will choose one further course (7.5 credits) from the departments of Literature and Scandinavian Languages, or alternatively from courses at the advanced level offered at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Languages.

If you have chosen to focus on Scandinavian languages, you will choose three further courses (7.5 credits each) from the departments of Literature and Scandinavian Languages, or alternatively from courses at the advanced level offered at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Languages.

One or two of the elective courses may be chosen from first cycle courses.

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

If you have chosen to focus on literary studies, the degree project comprises 45 credits. If you have chosen to focus on Scandinavian languages, the degree project comprises 30 credits. A degree project focussed on literature (45 credits) may be distributed over three or four semesters. If you have chosen to write your degree project within the field of Scandinavian languages ​​(30 credits), it should be distributed over the third and fourth semesters.

If you have chosen a literary focus, you will choose seven further courses (7.5 credits each) from the departments of Literature and Scandinavian Languages, or alternatively from courses at the advanced level offered at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Languages.

If you have chosen to focus on Scandinavian languages, you will choose nine further courses (7.5 credits each) from the departments of Literature and Scandinavian Languages, or alternatively from courses at the advanced level offered at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Languages.

One or two of the elective courses may be replaced by internship. One to four of the elective courses may be chosen from first cycle courses.

Learning experience

The teaching takes place in Uppsala. The courses are usually seminar-based, but also include practical exercises and tutoring. On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the 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. Several papers of varying scope are to be conducted throughout the programme.

The elective courses can be found in 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.

Career

The programme prepares you for careers that require the capability to analyse, communicate, and review critically, especially where knowledge of language is considered as a merit. The capability is demanded in the field of cultural communication, at non-governmental organisations, in tourism, the business world, etc. You can work, for example, 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.

Admissions

Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. 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.

Master's Programme in Scandinavian Studies

120 credits

Autumn 2021 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 2021-01-15

Application code: UU-M5065 Application

Language of instruction: Swedish

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

Fees:

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.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Contact

For programme-specific information, please contact: Jon Viklund

jon.viklund@littvet.uu.se

+46 18 471 29 25

Otto Fischer

otto.fischer@littvet.uu.se

+46 18 471 29 41

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

masterprogrammes@uu.se

Department of Literature

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 P

Box 632, 751 26 UPPSALA

018-471 2950

info@littvet.uu.se

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