Syllabus for Master's Programme in Scandinavian Studies

Masterprogram i skandinavistik

  • 120 credits
  • Programme code: HSS2M
  • Established: 2012-09-11
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Revised: 2019-09-24
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Reg. no: HISTFILFAK 2019/57
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Responsible faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Responsible department: Department of Literature

Entry 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


The aim of the Master's Programme in Scandinavian Studies is to give students the opportunity to study Scandinavian Studies more thoroughly, and to critically analyse historical and contemporary expressions, as well as differences and similarities between the Scandinavian languages and their literature. After completing the programme, students will have gained deeper empirical and theoretical knowledge about the Scandinavian languages, and the literature and culture of Scandinavia.