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About the programme
Language: Danish  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Are you interested in literature, languages and media in a cultural context? Would you like to become more conscious of the analytical skills you have acquired during your studies at the university? Would you like to further develop your written and oral language skills?

At the Section for Scandinavian Language and Literature we focus on applying the skills the students learned during their Bachelor’s degree programmes. As a Master’s degree student you already know quite a lot: you can analyse complex contexts by addressing the small components, just like you did when working with literary works, films and the like in the past. You understand what has been regarded as culture from the early eddas to today’s reality shows. You are able to communicate your knowledge of all this in correct and vivid language.

By further developing these skills, you become equipped to handle life outside the university walls – whether you contemplate a future as an upper secondary school teacher, a project manager, a communication officer or something else altogether.

Admission requirements

A Master’s degree programme in Scandinavian Language and Literature takes two years (120 ECTS credits) and is divided into three tracks depending on whether or not you have a supplementary subject at Master’s degree level (whether or not you will be able to teach at upper secondary school). Different admission requirements apply to the two tracks in the Master’s degree in Scandinavian Language and Literature.

Track A (120 ECTS credits in Scandinavian Language and Literature):

Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission:

  • The Bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian Language and Literature (Aarhus University).
  • The Bachelor’s degree in Danish (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark and Aalborg University).

Track B (75 ECTS credits in Scandinavian Language and Literature with a supplementary subject at Master’s degree level of 45 ECTS credits):

Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission:

  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Scandinavian Language and Literature (Aarhus University) with 45 ECTS credits in a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school (e.g. German, History, Social Science, Science, Film and Television – see tilvalg.au.dk/en/)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Danish (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University) with 45 ECTS credits from a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Scandinavian Language and Literature (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. 

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree in Scandinavian Language and Literature requires Danish at A level or similar. You also need to be able to read the Scandinavian languages, English and at least one other foreign language.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Student life

As a student of Scandinavian Language and Literature, you spend everyday at Nobel Park. If you start in Line A, you become part of a fixed group of students during the first and second semesters. At the commencement of their studies, the students get to know others in their group during an introductory course with both study-related and social activities.

At the Scandinavian Department, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in student associations such as the Vandfanget student newspaper, the Kakofoni lecture association and the KOMMAbar Friday bar. We also encourage all students to join the Student Committee to be able to influence the degree programme.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.


As a student of Scandinavian Language and Literature, you acquire competences in:

Communication: The teaching in the language modules and the emphasis on correct use of language in assignments teach you to write correctly, to make sure there is a unifying principle behind your text and to target a message according to its context.

Analysis: Your work analysing literature, language and media teaches you to understand large complex works on the basis of their individual components. The ability to understand the relationship between the whole and its parts is essential in most academic jobs.

Cultural Understanding: The instruction in literature, language and media history gives you an understanding of the way cultural expressions have been perceived over time. This knowledge is useful if you work as a teacher. 

Jobs and careers

As a Scandinavian Language and Literature graduate, you typically become employed in one of the following areas:

Upper secondary schoolteacher/teacher: Around 50% of the Scandinavian Language and Literature graduates find jobs as teachers – typically at upper secondary schools but also at language schools, folk high schools and training colleges.

Communication officer: An increasing number of graduates pursue careers as communication officers, copywriters and campaign planners in public and private sector institutions or advertising agencies.

Organisation and project management: As a graduate from the Scandinavian Department, you can also work in administrative jobs or as a project manager – in the media and publishing industries, for example, in cultural institutions or within public administration.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.