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Scandinavian Studies (Viking and Medieval Studies) MLitt

Scandinavian Studies (Viking and Medieval Studies) MLitt

Key information

Qualification type

MLitt - Master of Letters

Subject areas

Early Medieval History Scandinavia: Studies Classical Languages (Latin & Greek) Late Medieval History Paleography

Course type


Course Summary

The University of Aberdeen provides one of the largest group of experts on early Scandinavia in the British Isles. The Centre for Scandinavian Studies was founded in 2007. Experts cover Old Norse and Swedish language and literature, Scandinavian Toponymy and runology, medieval history, landscape history and legal history. You are supervised by leading international scholars with interdisciplinary research across University of Aberdeen. Staff actively encourage you to enjoy networks, conferences, different projects and interests related to Scandinavia.

Courses can include: Old Norse 1, Language, Literature and Culture; Palaeography; Swedish 1; Latin 1; Business for Arts; Special Subject, Viking Archaeology; Old Norse 2, Language, Runes and Place Names; Research Preparation in Historical Studies; and your Dissertation in Historical Studies

Our Research

Old Norse – Icelandic Literature and Culture

We research Old Norse literature and cultural production, especially the sagas, Eddic and Skaldic poetry, legal culture in early Iceland, medieval Scandinavian historical writing, cognitive and ecocritical approaches to Old Norse literature. We further study the supernatural and fantastic in old Norse literature and the comparison between Old Norse literature and Celtic literature of the Vikings and the British Isles.

The School of Divinity, History and Philosophy provides research centres which include: Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology; Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History (ACREEH); Centre for Celtic Studies; Centre for Early Modern Studies; Centre for Global Security and Governance; Centre for Ministry Studies; Centre for Scandinavian Studies; Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability; Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine; Centre for the Study of Autism and Christian Community; The North.

You are welcome to attend events and seminars related to your MLitt or other areas within the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. Many disciplines at University of Aberdeen offer you further reading and insight around Scandinavian settlers in the British Isles, including other disciplines taught at Aberdeen such as Archaeology, History, Religion, and Anthropology.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international researchers and academics.

The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities. The city is compact, architecturally interesting and it offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Old Norse 1: Language, Literature and Culture - Core
Business for Arts - Optional
Special Subject - Optional
Viking Archaeology - Optional
Swedish 1 - Optional
Palaeography i - Optional
Latin 1 - Optional
Research Preparation in Historical Studies - Core
Old Norse 2: Language, Runes and Place Names - Core
Dissertation in Historical Studies - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications and experience.