Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


Year 1:
You will choose from intensive beginners language courses Danish 1, Norwegian 1 or Swedish 1. These courses also provide an introduction to the culture and literature of the country in question.

Year 2:
You will choose one of Danish Language 2, Norwegian Language 2 or Swedish Language 2, which build on and develop your linguistic knowledge from your first year. You will normally take Scandinavian Literature 2, which focuses on Danish, Norwegian and Swedish literature from 1850 to the present day.

You may also take Scandinavian Languages 2, which investigates similarities and differences between the Scandinavian languages past and present and discusses the problems and perspectives of inter- Scandinavian communication.

Year 3:
You will spend all - or part of - your third year studying or working either in Denmark, Norway or Sweden.

Year 4:
You will take advanced language classes in commentary and summary writing, in translation between the Scandinavian languages and English, and in spoken Danish or Norwegian or Swedish. You will also choose from a range of specialist courses, focusing on topics from the medieval to the modern, including Old Norse Studies, History of the Scandinavian Languages, History of the Scandinavian Novel, and Ingmar Bergman and Cinema.

You will also normally complete a dissertation or a long essay on a topic proposed by yourself in consultation with your supervisor.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (first sitting) or 4 or 5 Highers at AABB/ABBBB (two sittings) plus a language other than English at B and English at National 5.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (by end of S6) plus a language other than English at B and English at National 5. Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Literatures, Languages and Cultures

SCQF Level