Welcome to the website of the Centre for Scandinavian Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Aberdeen has one of the largest concentrations of experts on early Scandinavia in the British Isles, including Ralph O'Connor, Frederik Pedersen, Hannah Burrows, and David Dumville.

The purpose of the Centre is to bring together these experts to coordinate research projects, provide research facilities and supervision, teaching for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes and to promote Scandinavian Studies generally.

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Purpose and Aims

In the autumn  of 2007 a Centre for Scandinavian Studies was launched at the University of Aberdeen. The centre is an interdisciplinary research institution, crossing discipline, school and college boundaries. The Centre‚Äôs aims are to:

  1. Initiate research on aspects on Scandinavian language, history and culture
  2. Run an MLitt (Masters) programme and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies
  3. Run a Scandinavian Studies Seminar
  4. Participate, promote and enhance different projects, networks, conferences and interests, related to Scandinavia. 

At the moment, the profile of the members of the centre is in Old Norse literature, language, culture and history and Scandinavian contact with the British Isles and Ireland. 

The University of Aberdeen has experts who can supervise postgraduates in early Scandinavian Studies and in the immediate academic vicinity in other departments. 

Research Projects

Projects associated with the Centre

Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

The Skaldic Project is a major international research project which aims to edit, translate and provide commentary on the corpus of Old Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry. The project has six co-ordinating editors (Sydney, Bloomington, Newcastle, Kiel, Reykjavík and Aberdeen), 3-4 assistants and postdocs and around 40 contributing editors from around the world. The edition is published in print (9+ volumes) and online by Brepols. The first double-volume (Poetry on Christian Subjects) was published in early 2008.

The project is funded by the Australian Research Council; the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences; the National Endowment for the Humanities (US); the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and other bodies.


The Centre is based in Crombie Annexe, Room 102, the same building which houses the Department of History.