Scandinavian Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • Swedish
The Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies invites students 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, students 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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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, also in Sweden.

The Master Programme in Scandinavian Studies promotes contacts within the rich network of institutions of Scandinavian Studies in Europe and North America. It is our ambition that students apply for exchange studies during at least one semester. 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 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 opens career paths in compulsory and upper-secondary schools (language teacher), and for PhD studies.


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).

Programme Structure

During the first semester, two compulsory courses are studied. The programme begins with an advanced introduction to Scandinavian languages and literature, where students 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, students take the compulsory course Sung, Said, Written: Swedish Cultural Expressions from 1600 to the Present. They also have the opportunity to study 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, students 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 students to apply for an internship.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Swedish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 21086 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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