Masters degree in Danish Literature & Language equip postgraduates with the skills to critically analyse and understand the development of the lingual and literary traditions originating from, or associated with, Denmark.
Related subjects include Scandinavian Studies and Comparative Literature. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as Modern Languages, Literature or Cultural Studies.
Courses in this field offer a range of specialisms and training opportunities for you to choose from.
For example, you might wish to explore the morphology of the Danish language, specialising for example in onomastics – the study of the origin, history and use of proper names.
Following on from this, you could examine the usage of the Danish language within literature, particularly after the 16th century Protestant reformation when Latin became less popular as a religious language and much literature was translated into Danish instead.
Similarly, you might opt to train in the techniques of translating Danish to and from other languages, or learn to teach Danish as a foreign language.
Careers may include roles in the private and public sectors, from journalism and publishing, to academia and even legislative positions in government.
As one of the few centres for the study of modern Scandinavian languages in the UK, we offer a programme that can cater to a wide range of research interests, covering all Scandinavian countries.
Our academic staff are able to offer supervision on a broad variety of subjects, including:
In addition, you have the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary research in areas such as comparative literature, film studies, translation studies, cultural studies and Scottish studies.
Thanks to our place in the diverse School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, we are also able to cater for interdisciplinary research programmes.
In order to encourage immersion in your research, we celebrate the major Scandinavian festivals, screen regular films and generally make the atmosphere as Scandinavian as possible. We are fortunate in being able to attract many Scandinavian visitors and speakers, including prominent authors and academics.
We encourage you to participate in our very active social and cultural life. We collaborate closely with the many Scandinavian bodies active in Edinburgh, such as the Danish Cultural Institute, the Norwegian Consulate General, the Scottish-Swedish Society and the Scottish-Finnish Society.
In addition, we have a partnership with the Georg Brandes International PhD School for Scandinavian Literature, Art and Linguistics, which is affiliated to the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen. This collaboration provides funding for our staff and students to attend and contribute to international workshops and seminars at the University of Copenhagen.