UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

UCL's four'year Icelandic BA is the only degree programme of its kind outside Iceland. The programme aims to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of Iceland and the Nordic world, in areas including languages, literature, culture and history. Your third year is spent abroad at the University of Iceland.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to Icelandic; basic Danish, Swedish or Norwegian; introduction to contemporary Scandinavia; linguistics and the Scandinavian languages; introduction to the study of literature; introduction to Scandinavian history. Year 2: Intermediate modern Icelandic language; a Scandinavian language; Old Norse 1; sources for the Viking Age 1; modern Icelandic literature. 2 of the following are taken: Faroese; aspects of Scandinavian language history; runology 1; aspects of modern Scandinavian languages; Scandinavia in the revolutionary era; Scandinavia and World War II. Year 3: Spent in Iceland. Year 4: Degree'level modern Icelandic; Old Norse 2; 1 of the following options: Halldor Laxness; Icelandic literature after 1960; sources for the Viking Age 2; practical nynorsk; Faroese 1; Degree'level Faroese; aspects of Scandinavian language history; aspects of modern Scandinavian languages; runology 1; runology 2; extended essay in Scandinavian linguistic studies; extended essay in Scandinavian literature or cultural studies; Scandinavia in the Revolutionary era 1760'1815; Scandinavia and World War II; extended essay in Scandinavian history.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £16,130  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABBB-AAAAB
  • GCE A-level ABB
  • European Baccalaureate 77%-80%
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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79% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 56%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 94%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 97%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 25
Studying and working 10
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 35%

Total Coursework: 49%

Total Practical: 16%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation