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.

Deadline for applications: February 1st

Viking and Medieval Norse Studies



Students studying an Icelandic medieval manuscript

About the programme

This two-year Nordic Master’s Programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to Viking and Medieval Scandinavia by drawing on expertise in the fields of Norse literature (including the eddas and sagas), linguistics, history, textual criticism, palaeography, runology, folklore, religion, art and archeology at four different Nordic universities and associated research institutes. Two of these, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Iceland and the Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen, share custody of the largest single collection of Icelandic medieval manuscripts in the world. The programme is designed for international students holding a bachelor’s degree with a medieval component in at least one of the following areas: literature, history, religion, linguistics, anthropology, archeology, art history or folklore. Prior knowledge of Old Icelandic/Old Norse is not required. The language of instruction is English.


The programme aims to provide thorough training in Old Norse language, literature and history, as well as helping to develop the skills necessary to work with primary sources such as medieval Norse manuscripts, runic inscriptions and other artefacts. It will introduce the students to a wide range of theoretical approaches in the field of Viking and medieval Norse studies.

More on the programme structure.

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