University of Iceland

Viking and Medieval Norse Studies

A two-year Nordic Master’s Programme that offers an interdisciplinary approach to Viking and Medieval Scandinavia.

Icelandic as a second language

Studies in Icelandic as a second language are an excellent choice for students who want to improve their practical and/or academic skills in Icelandic.

Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Information for students

Information for students

The Faculty of Languages and Cultures offers B.A. programmes in a number of academic subjects. 180 ECTS are required for a B.A. degree. Completing a B.A. programme equates to three years of full time studies.

Programmes concluding in B.A. degrees are either 180, 120 or 60 ECTS, and students can choose a degree with one major subject (180 ECTS) or a major (120 ECTS) and a minor (60 ECTS). Minor subjects taught at other faculties at the university can be chosen, and it is also possible to attend universities abroad for part of the studies. It is permissible for a student to complete 120 ECTS in two subjects within the faculty (240 ECTS in total) and hand in B.A. dissertations in both subjects. The student has then completed B.A. degrees majoring in two subjects.

Course assessment consists of written and/or oral examinations, exercises, projects or essays. At least 10 ECTS shall be completed through the composition of a B.A. dissertation.  

Students are required to hand in written projects in all programmes run by the faculty, and it is therefore essential that they acquaint themselves with rules that apply to written projects, literature reviews, copyright, etc. A separate set of rules applies to the composition and finish of B.A. dissertations, for which a template is available on the website.

Rules for final thesis (BA/MA) in the School of Humanities

1. Enrolment. Students are required to enrol for the thesis at the registration office. Rules are the same as for any other course.

2. Goal. Students choose their thesis topic in consultation with their supervisor. The thesis should show the student's capacity for independent work, planning and appropriate usage of materials, sources and theories. Translations and editorial work are only eligible if they also meet these requirements.

3. Supervision. Students choose a supervisor amongst the academic staff in their field of study. The supervisor has to have specialized knowledge in the student’s area of research, and be able to guide the student with content and academic work. In order to have a supervisor from another faculty within the School of Humanities, students require the approval of their head of studies. The main role of the supervisor is to assist the student in delimiting the research and to follow the student’s progress as needed. Students need to hand in a final draft no later than one month before the final deadline in order to receive final comments and corrections.

4. Credit. A BA thesis is evaluated to 10 or 20 ECTS. An MA thesis is 30 ECTS (with exceptions). A BA thesis of 20 ECTS should be approximately twice as long as a thesis of 10 ECTS. 

5. Length and final version.  A BA thesis of 10 ECTS should be 8,000-10,000 words long (about 20-30 pages). The thesis should be on A4 paper with 3 cm margins and a clear readable font. Line spacing should be 1 ½ . The thesis should be stapled and taped (not with coil). The following information should be on the dust jacket (forsíða): name of author, title, school, university degree (MA or BA). The title page (titilsíða) should include: name of author, ID number, title, name of supervisor, subject, school and university.

  • Dust jacket (click on the link below the text Hlaða niður at the bottom of the page)
  • Title page (Word)

6. Language and spelling. The thesis should be well organized and properly composed with an introduction and conclusion. Good language and composition is important. A thesis in a foreign language must be written in that language following appropriate spelling and style conventions.

7. Bibliography. One fundamental issue in academic writing is to honour sources and documentation without exception. Students should use standard citation styles, such as the APA, MLA or similar.

8. Deadline. The final version of the thesis must be delivered in three copies to the office of the School of Humanities (main building 3rd floor) no later than early September for October graduation, early January for February graduation and early May for June graduation. For exact dates each year please contact the Faculty's Project Manager.

Please note. The National and University Library of Iceland also requires electronic submission of the thesis in pdf format. More information about electronic submission.

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