The Centre for Scandinavian Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute with the aim of bringing together experts on early Scandinavia to coordinate research projects, provide research facilities and supervision, teaching for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes and to promote Scandinavian Studies generally. The university offers an MLitt (by research or taught), MPhil and PhD programmes in Scandinavian Studies.

The Centre for Scandinavian Studies was launched at the University of Aberdeen in 2007 and is an interdisciplinary research institution, crossing discipline, School and College boundaries.

The Centre’s aims are to: Initiate research on aspects on Scandinavian language, history and culture; Create a ‘Research School’ in Scandinavian Studies for Postgraduates, where the MLitt and PhD students will participate in the activities at the Centre on a daily basis; Run an MLitt (Masters) programme; Run a Scandinavian Studies Seminar Series; Participate, promote and enhance different projects, networks, conferences and interests related to Scandinavia.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt, MPhil or PhD

Our Research

Currently, the profile of the members of the Centre is Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, with expertise in Old Norse and Old Swedish language and literature, Scandinavian toponymy and runology, medieval history, landscape history and legal history.

The University of Aberdeen has several leading international scholars who can supervise postgraduates in the Centre for Scandinavian Studies, as well as in the immediate academic vicinity in other departments.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Dr Hannah Burrows
Professor Stefan Brink
Professor Ralph O'Connor
Dr Frederik Pedersen
Professor David N. Dumville

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Fees and Funding

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Contact Details

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
50-52 College Bounds
AB24 3DS