Viking and Medieval Studies

University of Oslo

M.Phil. On Campus
24 months
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The Viking and Medieval Studies programme of the University of Oslo offers the opportunity to investigate the European Viking and Middle Ages, with a focus on the North Sea area, through in-depth study of relevant textual sources and/or material artefacts from philological, historical and archaeological perspectives.


Why choose this programme?

What were the causes and effects of the Viking Age? How can we know about pre-Christian religious practices in Viking Age Scandinavia? What do runic inscriptions and manuscripts tell us about literacy, the use of writing, and scribal culture? How was the Church’s Latin book culture introduced to Norse culture, and how did the emerging Old Norse textual corpus appropriate and borrow from European literary cultures, which it then influenced in turn? To what extent can the extraordinary saga literature of medieval Iceland be used as an historical source? What impact did the encounter with Christianity and insular literature in Ireland and Britain have on Vikings and Norse settlers in these regions, and how did these influences affect Norse culture elsewhere? What do Norse place names in Ireland and Scotland reveal about cultural exchange and acculturation of the Norse? How can we draw on archaeological remains and material culture to understand the process of urbanization in the Middle Ages?

Our core courses introduce a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on source criticism, while the specialized courses focus on strategies for interpreting sources, including approaches for dealing with different sources that not only complement but also contradict each other. We welcome applications from both international and Norwegian students who want to study one or more disciplines, e.g.:

  • either Old Norse philology
  • or Old Norse philology combined with history and/or archaeology 
  • or history and/or archaeology combined with Irish philology 
  • or Irish philology 
  • or Irish philology combined with Old Norse philology 
  • or history combined with archaeology. 

These various possibilities to combine disciplines make the Viking and Medieval Studies programme of the University of Oslo one the most unique master’s degree programmes in the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Viking and Medieval Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Old Norse - language and texts
  • Philological theory and Method
  • Medieval manuscript culture
  • Saga Narratives
  • Runology - General introduction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree.
  • 4-year bachelor's degree or Licence.
  • You must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C in the required specialization. A Norwegian C is described as a good grade, generally comparable to an American B and a Second Class Upper in the British system.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Scan and upload your official transcripts documenting that you have completed your upper secondary education.
  • You must scan and upload your official bachelor's degree certificate and academic transcript.
  • Documentation of financing.
  • Passport or ID card.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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