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Master's Programme in Scandinavian Studies with a Focus on Northern Studies

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
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While studying

The programme provides an in-depth picture of the Scandinavian area from various historical and contemporary perspectives. Although the whole Scandinavian region is included, the emphasis is on the northern regions.

Broad cultural and social issues are illuminated from different humanistic and social perspectives, including the Nordic languages, as well as other languages used in the Nordic region, especially the official minority languages. This approach provides students with knowledge about processes of change over time where historical development and current trends are described within political, social and ideological frameworks.


The programme aims to prepare students for a working life where advanced knowledge of and critical perspectives on the Scandinavian area are in demand. The programme provides a foundation for research studies but also career opportunities in areas of cultural mediation and broad and deep social analysis.

The programme is taught in Swedish and is designed for Swedish and international students with an undergraduate degree in Scandinavian Studies or similar degrees dealing with the study of one of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian or Danish) and culture.

Programme overview

The programme's first semester consists of two compulsory courses of 7.5 credits: "Scandinavian Studies with a focus on northern studies - diachronic perspectives" or "Scandinavian Studies with a focus on on northern studies - synchronous perspectives", and "Intangible Cultural Heritage in Northern Scandinavia" or "Languages in the Nordic countries", and option courses of 15 credits in one / some of the main areas of Scandinavian Studies, Scandinavian languages, Comparative Literature, Sami Studies, History, History of Science and Ideas, Religious Studies, Ethnology and Art History.

The programme's second semester consists of one compulsory course of 15 credits: "Dissertation for the degree of Master of Arts (one-year) in Scandinavian studies", and option courses of 15 credits in one / some of the main areas of Scandinavian Studies, Scandinavian languages, Comparative Literature, Sami Studies, History, History of Science and Ideas, Religious Studies, Ethnology and Art History.

The programme's third semester consists of the two compulsory courses not offered during the first semester (see the four courses listed above for the first semester).

The programme's fourth semester consists of the 30 credit course "Dissertation for the degree of Master of Arts (two-years) in Scandinavian studies".

The courses named above are all distance education courses, that is with online support but without compulsory Campus meetings. These distance education courses may offer non-compulsory meetings at Campus Umeå.

N.B. Option courses may require attendance at Campus Umeå.

Career opportunities

The programme aims to prepare students for a working life where advanced knowledge of and critical perspectives on the Scandinavian area are in demand. The programme provides a foundation for research studies but also career opportunities in areas of cultural mediation and broad and deep social analysis.

Degree

The programme offers two exit routes: Master of Arts (one-year, 60 credits) and Master of Arts (two-years, 120 credits).

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Contact person for the programme is:
Susanne Haugen