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Viking Studies MSc

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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)

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Contact information
Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4465
Dr Alan Macniven (Programme Director)
Address: Graduate School
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Room 1.13, 50 George Square
Central Campus

Entry requirements

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

International qualifications

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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

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.

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