Degree finder

Viking Studies MSc

Open Day: 21 November 2014

Our Postgraduate Open Day is an opportunity to learn more about the University and our programmes, and to meet our staff and current students.

Apply for this degree

This programme is no longer accepting applications for 2015/6 onwards. If you are interesting in learning more about an MSc by Research in Viking Studies, please contact Dr Alan Macniven for more information:

Start date: Not Available

Awards: MSc (12 mth FT, 24 mth PT)

Fees & costs information

Where available, individual programme fees are linked above. For details information on fee status, policies and payment see:

Funding opportunities

See Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:

Contact information
Graduate School Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4114
Email: llc.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Dr Alan Macniven (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4465
Address: Graduate School
School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
Room 1.13, 50 George Square
Central Campus
Edinburgh
EH8 9LH

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is normally required.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 100 (at least 23 in all sections)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

Find out more about our language requirements:

How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Programme description

Strongly interdisciplinary, this programme provides you with a fuller understanding of the Viking diaspora and its legacy.

This programme combines seminar and tutorial work with presentations, essays and assignments.

Over two semesters, you will take two compulsory and three option courses, supplemented with classes in research skills and methods. You will then produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Methods and Sources in First Millennium Studies
  • Old Norse Studies

Option courses may include:

  • The Celtic Question: Art in Early Britain and Ireland
  • The Dal Riata
  • Kingship in Early Medieval Scotland
  • Normandy and the Normans c900-1204
  • War and Society in Dark Age Scotland

Career opportunities

You will develop the practical skills and intellectual autonomy necessary for advanced research, and potentially an academic career. The transferable skills you gain will also be of use should you decide to pursue a career in an unrelated area.

Further Information

Accessibility menu