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 Language and Paleography of Older Scots
- The North Atlantic World
- Early Scottish and Norse Literature
- The Orkney and Shetland Tongues
- Orkney and Shetland Literature
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Exploring Creative Writing
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
An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. https://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
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Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
Scholarships relevant to this course are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UHI, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Information Line
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