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Medieval Icelandic Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #351 (WUR) Reykjavik, Iceland
The Master of Arts in Medieval Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland is designed for international students who hold a bachelor’s degree with a medieval component in at least one of the following areas: literature, history, religion, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, art history or folklore. The medieval component is typically a university course with a medieval element.

Overview

The Master of Arts in Medieval Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland is run in cooperation with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum), a research institute with close ties to the University of Iceland. 

The programme is aimed at providing graduate students with the necessary tools to study Old/Medieval Icelandic texts in the original and in their manuscript context, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary study. 

The programme provides preparation for those interested in pursuing research in:

  • Viking Studies
  • Old Norse Myth and religion
  • the history of the medieval north
  • medieval Nordic literature (sagas, eddic and skaldic poetry).

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Old Icelandic 
  • Old Icelandic 
  • The Old Norse-Icelandic Literary Corpus— Overview and Main Questions 
  • The Medieval North 
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis. From Medieval Romance and Saga to the Modern Novel 
  • Viking Age Archaeology 
  • Working with Manuscripts 
  • History of the Icelandic Language 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    6.5

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    83

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Adequate undergraduate training to pursue graduate studies in Medieval Icelandic Studies
  • Satisfactory Grade Average
  • Adequate command of English
  • Completion of Preparatory Reading List before enrolment

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
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The University of Iceland does not charge tuition fees, but the annual registration fee is currently ISK 75,000(535EUR).

Living costs for Reykjavík

  • 178929 - 290400 ISK/month
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