Masters degrees in Swedish Literature & Language equip postgraduates with the skills to critically analyse and understand the development, use and morphology of the Swedish language, and its representation in literature.
Related subjects include Scandinavian Studies and Comparative Literature. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree, such as Modern Languages, Literature, or Cultural Studies.
The lingual and literary lies beyond the boundaries of Sweden alone. For example, being a language with equal legal standing in Finland, Swedish influences are visible across other parts of Scandinavia and Europe. As a result, opportunities for specialisations are broad in this field.
For example, you might wish to specialise in translation, learning to translate Sweden to and from other languages through an examination of various literatures.
Alternatively, you might choose to explore the ways in which Swedish language and literature has developed since its origins, from the first remnants of Old Swedish literature found in c.800 AD, to its prominence after the Swedish language was standardised in the 16th century.
Careers may include roles in academia and publishing, journalism, heritage management, or even public relations.
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.