Master of Arts
Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies covers the literatures and cultures of the Scandinavian countries from the Middle Ages to the present day, looking at both individual countries and the trans-national Scandinavian region. In Bonn, the main emphasis in this discipline is placed on medieval and recent Scandinavian literature and cultural studies as well as on augmenting students’ proficiency in the respective Scandinavian languages (Danish, Swedish and Norwegian). The degree program follows a comparative approach and embraces a pan-Scandinavian perspective. The aim is to understand the (socio-)cultural developments and processes in the Scandinavian countries and especially to retrace the German-Scandinavian cultural transfer both historically and from a current perspective.

In the master’s degree program, students systematically deepen their pre-existing subject knowledge and apply it to field-specific research objects. Particular emphasis is placed on conveying intercultural competence with a central focus on the inter-Scandinavian dimension of linguistic, literary and cultural phenomena. Cross-disciplinary modules in German studies and comparative literature allow for an interdisciplinary approach to research questions with a pan-European perspective.


Possible lines of work:

Education (adult education, language courses, educational/vocational institutes (Bildungswerke), etc.), book industry (publishing/libraries/translating/editing), culture (cultural institutions, embassies, exhibitions, etc.), media (press, radio, television, on-line media, journalism, public relations), administration (international relations, e.g. diplomatic service, international organizations), academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.) 

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in Scandinavian studies or a related discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

Knowledge of Latin equivalent to a minimum of 12 ECTS credits

Minimum grade of 3.0 or local equivalent

Modules worth a minimum of 30 ECTS credits from the area of Scandinavian studies to include language modules for a Scandinavian language (20 ETCS credits)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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