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Medieval Icelandic Studies

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The Medieval Icelandic Studies programme 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.


The Medieval Icelandic Studies programme 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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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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

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  • International

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The University of Iceland does not charge tuition fees, but the annual registration fee is ISK 75,000. (aprox. 540 euros or 576 USD)

Living costs for Reykjavik

178929 - 290400 ISK /month
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