Masters degrees in Finnish Literature and Language equip postgraduates with the skills to critically analyse and understand the morphology of and usage of the Finnish language, and its representation in literature.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Scandinavian Studies, and Finnish Society & Culture. Entry requirements usually include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Modern Languages, Literature or Cultural studies.
Being a relatively ‘young’, country, the Republic of Finland is heavily influenced by other European cultures, including Swedish and Russian. As a result, the country’s lingual and literary developments provide interesting research opportunities.
For example, you might scrutinise issues of authority in Finnish literature written before the 16th century, as works were typically written in Latin or Swedish. On the same hand, you might examine how the bible was a key in the surge of Finnish-written literature after the Bishop’s translation in 1548.
Related to this phenomenon, you might also research what is known as Finland’s ‘language strife’, when Finnish was competing with Swedish as the official language of Finland within the political, educational and cultural realms.
Careers in this field are varied, but may include academia and publishing, translation, or even heritage management.
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.