Scandinavian Studies (Master)

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The master’s programme in Scandinavian Studies aims at providing students with a systematic understanding of Scandinavian languages and literatures and their relationship to society and culture in the past and present. The master’s programme focuses on the entire Scandinavian region and places particular emphasis on the following areas: language and society, literature as a cultural practice, as well as modern approaches to Old Norse studies. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to specialise in Scandinavian linguistics, literature studies or Old Norse studies.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 868

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme in Scandinavian Studies consists of the following compulsory modules: Language and Society in Scandinavia, Scandinavian Literature in a Cultural Context, Modern Approaches to Old Norse Studies, and Topics of Research. Students have to select one of the following alternative compulsory modules: Scandinavian Linguistics – Topics of Research, Scandinavian Literature Studies – Topics of Research, Old Norse Studies – Topics of Research. In addition, students have to complete an internship (or a project). To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • History of language
  • Theory of literature
  • Literature and culture
  • Old Norse studies

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • translation
  • institutions in the area of culture and tourism
  • public relations
  • international organisations
  • science and research.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.2 (excellent)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.6 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 5 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the master's programme in Skandinavian Studies (in German).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 61% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,583 gross/month.
  • graduates work e.g. in the retail trade sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Diploma Programme Scandinavian Studies".