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



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 (examples):

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

 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

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).