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Scandinavian Studies (M.A.)

Programme: Scandinavian Studies
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Winter and summer semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in Scandinavian Studies (78 C); Joint Honours MA in Scandinavian Studies (42 C); module packages: Scandinavian Studies as MA minor subjects (36 C/18 C); Modern Scandinavian Studies or Ancient Scandinavian Studies as MA minor subjects (18 C); Scandinavian Languages as MA minor subject (18 C; only in winter semester)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)

Language of the programme: German

Structure of the degree programme:
The Master's degree programme in Scandinavian Studies can be selected either as a 78-credit single-subject degree programme or as a 42-credit degree programme in combination with an external module package. Students of the 78 C core subject course of Scandinavian Studies must study the third subject semester either at the Aarhus Universitet in Denmark or at the Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU) in Trondheim/Norway, or at the Göteborgs Universitet in Sweden.
The core subject curriculum in Scandinavian Studies consists of two modules, in which the students are engaged in in-depth study of the historical, theoretical and systematic perspectives of the subject, including knowledge required for the preparation of scientific papers in the foreign language; one module to expand the students' foreign language competency; two modules covering scientific discussion, in which the students discuss their own working projects with each other, as well as latest subject-related scientific topics and theories. The 78 C core subject programme includes an additional basic module of Comparative Literature Studies and further modules of at least 27 C to be studied at a partner university.

Subject description:
The programme conveys in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the languages, literature and cultures as well as history and society of Scandinavia. Students will learn to apply literary and cultural-scientific terms, theories and methods differentiatedly and selectively enabling them to independently and scientifically work on matters related to Scandinavian Studies and to competently convey their research results. In addition, graduates will have received extensive experience and skills in the most important work forms of the humanities (discussion, oral report, written papers). They will have mastered a modern Scandinavian language so well that they will be able to express themselves orally and in writing in daily situations as well as in a scientific context. In addition, they should have attained good passive knowledge in a two additional Scandinavian languages.

Students will also receive knowledge in a subject area outside of Scandinavian Studies or two additional other subjects from the Faculty of Humanities or another faculty as is defined in the corresponding programme and examination regulations.

Research foci in Göttingen
The research profile of the Department of Scandinavian Studies lies, on the one hand, in the area of modern Scandinavian literature with the concentrations drama, translation, topic and motif research, “Internationality of National Literature” and 17th/18th century, and biographical research as well as intermediality of literature and music. On the other hand, the profile also focuses on the area of old Nordic literature and culture with a concentration on medieval Icelandic literature and its reception as well as runology. An additional research concentration is the history of science and reception. A fundamental component of the research profile is the comparative examination of Scandinavian literature and culture from an outside view. The dissertations and habilitation papers that have originated here play a large role as well.

Occupational fields:
The degree „Master of Arts“ (M.A.) in Scandinavian Studies prepares students for work in the area of cultural mediation (foreign institutes that deal with cultural issues, foreign lectorates),publishing (lectorate and editorial work), printed and visual media (press, radio, television, new media) as well as in private and public research institutes that deal with Scandinavian literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The degree also enables graduates to continue on with doctoral studies.