2:1 Honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as History, Archaeology, Literature, or Ethnology
Other disciplines such as human geography and the social sciences will also be considered
International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards as noted on the International page of our website.
Months of entry
The Vikings have been incredibly influential in world history and culture. The Centre for Nordic Studies' team will be using their recognised expertise in this area to create this unique and exciting course on offer to students all over the world and to re-evaluate the Vikings past, present, and future.
Students will be able to critically evaluate key historical, economic, and social developments in the Viking world and analyse the significance and legacy of the cultural history of the Vikings both in isolation and in a wider context temporally and geographically. We'll look at Viking iconography in text and film, the role of women, and the significance of runes among other fascinating topics.
As part of the degree, students will study a set of core modules and also have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules, bringing the study of the Viking period into a wider perspective.
- Unique course content not available anywhere else
- You are taught by international experts in the field
- We use video conferencing and a virtual learning environment to deliver the course so you can study from anywhere in the world
- Small class sizes
- You can also choose unique options in palaeography, creative writing and the North Atlantic World
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
- This course has been approved for in-country international delivery. It may also be studied by international students based within the UK.
- An online induction will be offered at the start of your course.
Core modules are:
- Vikings in the Scottish Islands and the Irish Sea region
- Gender in Viking Society
- Runology and Old Norse
Core module is:
- Visualising the Vikings: the Vikings in Popular Culture
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
- The North Atlantic World
- Early Scottish and Norse Literature
- The Orkney and Shetland Tongues
- Orkney and Shetland Literature
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Celts and Vikings in the North Atlantic
- Picts: Revealing the painted past.
To achieve the award of MLitt Viking Studies you must complete a research dissertation.
This course is available at:
Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
Information for international students
If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international
English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
Fees and funding
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Information Line
- 0845 272 3600