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Viking and Medieval Norse Studies

University of Iceland

24 months
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The Viking and Medieval Norse Studies programme at University of Iceland aims to provide thorough training in Old Norse language, literature, and history, as well as helping to develop the skills necessary to work with primary sources such as medieval Norse manuscripts, runic inscriptions, and other artifacts.


The Master of Arts in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies at University of Iceland is a two-year Nordic Master’s Programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to Viking and Medieval Scandinavia by drawing on expertise in the fields of:

  • Norse literature (including the eddas and sagas)
  • linguistics
  • history
  • textual criticism
  • paleography
  • runology
  • folklore
  • religion
  • art
  • archaeology,

at four different Nordic universities and associated research institutes. Two of these, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Iceland and the Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen, share custody of the largest single collection of Icelandic medieval manuscripts in the world. The programme is designed for international students holding a bachelor’s degree with a medieval component in at least one of the following areas: literature, history, religion, linguistics, anthropology, archeology, art history or folklore. Prior knowledge of Old Icelandic/Old Norse is not required. The language of instruction is English.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literature, mythology, pre-Christian religion, memory of the Viking voyages.
  • History
  • The Sagas of Icelanders 
  • The Viking Age 
  • Christian Culture in the Medieval North 
  • Icelandic Medieval Manuscripts

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Nordic citizens are exempt and may apply for graduate studies until 15 April. 


120 ECTS


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General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Adequate undergraduate training to pursue graduate studies in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies
  • Satisfactory Grade Average
In their undergraduate career, applicants must have achieved a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale (US), or at least an Upper Second-class (IIi) degree (UK), or equivalent. 

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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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