Masters degrees in Norwegian Literature & Language equip postgraduates with the skills to critically analyse and understand the morphology of and usage of the Norwegian language, and its representation in literature.
Related subjects include Scandinavian Studies and European Leagues. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Modern Languages, Literature, or Cultural Studies.
Courses in this field are highly diverse, and offer a range of specialisms for you to choose from. It is possible for you to study either just the Norwegian language, or the literature of Norway individually. As such, research opportunities are broad for this subject.
For example, you might choose to focus solely on the morphology of the Norwegian language, and compare its mutual intelligibility with the Swedish and Danish Languages.
Alternatively, you could explore how colonialism had an effect on the literary traditions of Norway, as Danish was the standard written language of Norway from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Careers may include traditional roles in academia and publishing, with other opportunities possibly including heritage management, journalism, or even literary translation.
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.