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Scandinavian Studies (MLitt)

Course Description

A one-year taught MLitt (or two years part-time) in Scandinavian Studies. The MLitt will appeal to students interested in the history, language and culture of the Scandinavian-speaking peoples, and particularly to those who wish to gain an interdisciplinary insight to this field of research. The programme offers training and thematic courses as well as specialist supervision for a 15,000 word dissertation of the students' own choice. It is suited for students seeking to continue with postgraduate study as well as those simply interested to learn more.

Basic Training courses offer training on research theories and methodology. Language and Literary Courses provide training in specialist skills. Thematic courses enable students to pursue individual topics in depth. The taught component of the degree (worth 120 credits) takes place in half session one and two. You are then required to write a 15,000 word dissertation (worth 60 credits) during the summer. This will be supervised by the member of staff who is best equipped to advise on your chosen dissertation topic.

Course Structure

Part I: Research methods courses - These provide training in research theories and methods.
Part II: Research skills courses - These focus on specialist skills.
Part III: Elective courses on specific topics - These cover specific themes in Scandinavian literature, history, and culture spanning the medieval and modern periods. The range of courses varies each year.
Part IV: Dissertation in Scandinavian Studies - For the M.Litt in Scandinavian Studies, students also write a 15,000 word dissertation.

Every student is allocated a supervisor according to their research interests. For a list of available courses contact Dr Tarrin Wills.

The format of assessment varies from course to course within the programme. All work is double marked and submitted to an external examiner for checking.

Class size ranges from one-to-one tuition to around ten students in a group. Participating in the Scandinavian Research Seminar is recommended. Most other courses are available to students from more than one Master's Programme.

For individual advice on funding, please contact Stefan Brink and check relevant pages on the University website (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cass/graduate)

A Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies can provide a route to a wide range of future careers. Students focusing on Modern Scandinavian languages can find suitable jobs in the media, translation, language planning, research and teaching.

Students taking a broader curriculum can find suitable careers in translation work, tourism, archives, teaching and research. Our students have also taken Scandinavian Studies to supplement an existing interest such as music/ folklore/ history which has then led them to a different range of career options.

Visit the Scandinavian Studies (MLitt) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

The standard entrance requirement is a good first degree in an appropriate discipline at a 2(1) level or at a level deemed equivalent by the programme co-ordinator. The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see View Website

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