The Faculty of Icelandic and Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland offers two graduate programmes in Viking and Medieval Icelandic/Norse studies specifically designed for international students:
(1) Medieval Icelandic Studies (MIS), a three-semester (90 ECTS) graduate programme run in cooperation with the Árni Magnússon Insitute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum). The first two semesters consist of 60 ECTS credit hours of course work. The third semester is reserved for writing a 30 ECTS master’s thesis. Ideally (but not necessarily), the third semester is a summer semester, enabling the completion of the programme in approximately 13 months (August–August) with a graduation in October. The language of instruction is English.
(2) Viking and Medieval Norse Studies (VMN), a four-semester (120 ECTS) graduate programme run in cooperation with the University of Oslo in Norway, Aarhus University and Copenhagen University in Denmark, and the Árni Magnússon Insitute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum). The first year—60 ECTS credit hours of course work—take place in Iceland, but the third semester is spent either in Oslo, Aarhus, or Copenhagen, completing 30 ECTS of courses. The fourth semester is devoted to writing the master’s thesis, and can be spent in Iceland or Oslo. The language of instruction is English.
The Medieval Icelandic Studies Programme (MIS) and Viking and Medieval Norse Studies Programme (VMN) share the same set of core courses and are run together in the first and second semester. The two programmes differ in length as the Viking and Medieval Norse Studies programme includes one additional semester of course work at one of the partner universities (University of Oslo in Norway, Aarhus University and Copenhagen University in Denmark).
In addition, The Faculty of Icelandic and Cultural Studies offers graduate programmes in Icelandic in the following fields:
- Comparative Literature
- General Linguistics
- Practical editorship and theory of publication
- Language Technology
- Translation Studies
- Speech pathology, prerequisites.
Further information can be obtained from the Course Catalogue.