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.

Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies

Medieval Icelandic Studies

Medieval Icelandic Studies

Sagas, Myths and Poetry in Viking-Age and Medieval Iceland

University of Iceland

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

The Medieval Icelandic Studies programme at the University of Iceland is designed for international students who hold a bachelor’s degree with a medieval component in at least one of the following areas: literature, history, religion, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, art history or folklore. The medieval component is typically a university course with a medieval element. 
Prior knowledge of Old Icelandic/Old Norse is not required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to complete levels 1–2 of the free online course Icelandic Online ( before enrolment.
The programme is run in cooperation with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum), a research institute with close ties to the University of Iceland. The programme is aimed at providing graduate students with the necessary tools to study Old/Medieval Icelandic texts in the original and in their manuscript context, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary study. The programme provides preparation for those interested in pursuing research in Viking Studies, Old Norse Myth and religion, the history of the medieval north as well as medieval Nordic literature (sagas, eddic and skaldic poetry).
The language of instruction is English.
The Medieval Icelandic Studies programme welcomes qualified students with different academic backgrounds from all over the world.
The application deadline for enrolment in the autumn of 2018 has passed. Late applications cannot be accepted. New applications for enrolment in the autumn of 2019 will be accepted from early December 2018 through January 2019 with the deadline of February 1st, 2019.

Next application deadline: February 1, 2019.


Online application

Please study the Entry and Application Requirements before proceeding to the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Enquiries should be directed to

Programme director is Prof. Torfi H. Tulinius
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