Master in Viking Studies

General

Program Description

What is special about this course?

The Vikings have been incredibly influential in world history and culture. The Institute for Northern 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. You will 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, you 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.

Special features

  • 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 literature, language, 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

Entry requirements

  • 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

*Funding support notice*

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.

Access routes

Students can access the programme from a range of our undergraduate programmes including:

  • BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage
  • BA (Hons) Scottish History
  • BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences
  • And externally from humanities degrees generally

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your MLitt Viking Studies, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:

  • Tourism and heritage sector
  • School teaching on completion of relevant PGDE qualification
  • Community education
  • Adult education
  • Journalism; particularly newspaper and radio
  • Working for local government agencies
  • Teaching on this or similar degrees
Last updated September 2019

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