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Viking Studies MSc

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MSc Viking Studies - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Viking Studies - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3030
Dr Alan Macniven (Programme Director)
Address: Graduate School
12th Floor, David Hume Tower
Central Campus

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree, or its equivalent if outside the UK, in an appropriate subject.

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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

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Programme description

The Viking Studies programme at Edinburgh seeks to move beyond compartmentalisation of knowledge and enquiry regarding the historical developments referred to collectively as the Viking Age.

Its strongly interdisciplinary focus aims to equip students with the cognitive tool kit necessary to navigate towards a fuller understanding of the Viking diaspora and its legacy.

Programme structure

This programme combines seminar and tutorial work with presentations, essays, assignments and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Core courses in Viking Studies and Old Norse are supplemented with Research Skills classes and a variety of options courses.

Learning outcomes

Students will develop an awareness of the nature and limits of the evidence for this field of study, along with the ability to engage critically with scholarly models leading to an advanced understanding of the Viking expansion.

You will also develop the practical skills and intellectual autonomy necessary for advanced research.

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