Nordic Languages and Literature, Master's, 2 years

  • Years2 years
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Study startAutumn
  • ECTS credits120
  • Tuition feeNone


The Degree

The Master´s programme leads to the degree of Master of Philosophy in Nordic languages and literature. It is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits).

Objectives and content

The aim of the master´s programme in Nordic languages and literature is to increase your knowledge and deepen your insights into Nordic studies in general as well as to allow you to specialize in a subfield of your choice and develop independent and critical attitudes to primary and secondary sources and their academic treatment.


One of the four courses is a compulsory preliminary course in theory of science, methodology and academic writing.

Master thesis

The thesis is a work of advanced study in a topic of Nordic studies as delineated above, including also topics such as e.g. subject didactics and the acquisition of Norwegian as a second language. It is written in Norwegian and should be between 70 and 110 pages. The aim of the thesis is to show that you have extensive knowledge and understanding of the topic and relevant research, and to demonstrate your ability to master the appropriate methodology and theoretical apparatus.

Programme structure

Programme structure

The programme consists of four courses of 15 ECTS credits each and a master´s thesis of 60 credits. You are expected to fulfil the programme´s course requirements in the first year and complete the thesis in the second. The programme courses are designed to focus on selected topics in Nordic (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, and Faroese) languages and literature. The main focus is on Norwegian in most courses. There are certain requirements to the combination of courses and types of exams, but it is possible to choose only literary or only linguistic courses as well as a combination thereof.

The language of instruction is normally Norwegian, but Danish and Swedish may also be used. The language of examination is Norwegian, and you are required to master both forms of written Norwegian, i.e. Bokmål and Nynorsk.

Master's Programme in Nordic Languages and Literature (krav 120 SP)
Master's Programme in Nordic Languages and Literature - Courses (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
NOLISP300Scandinavian Studies: Preparatory Project Course151–42
Choose three courses
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
NOLI311Scandinavian Literature: Master's Course C151–4
NOLI312Scandinavian Literature: Literary Master's Course D151–4
NOLI321Scandinavian Literature: Master's Course A151–4
NOLI322Scandinavian Literature: Master's Course B151–4
NORAN320Individual Course in Norwegian Second Language Linguistics151–4
NOSP312Nordic Languages: Linguistic Master's Course A151–4
NOSP313Nordic Languages: Linguistic Master's Course B151–4
NOSP315Nordic Languages: Linguistic Master's Course C151–4
NOSP316Nordic Languages: Linguistic Master's Course D151–4
Master's Programme in Nordic Languages and Literature -Thesis Contract
Mandatory course
Thesis Contract for Nordic Languages and Literature
Master's Programme in Nordic Languages and Literature - Thesis (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
NOLISP350Scandinavian Studies: Master's Thesis601–43
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

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