The Vikings have been incredibly influential in world history and culture. The Centre for Nordic 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. We'll 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, students 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
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 palaeography, 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
This course has been approved for in-country international delivery. It may also be studied by international students based within the UK.
You will study this course through a combination of video conferenced seminars and learning through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor.
Students, including international students, can study at Orkney College UHI and Lews Castle College UHI in Stornoway, or from their own locations, studying online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings.
An online induction will be offered at the start of your course.
Core modules are: Vikings in the Scottish Islands and the Irish Sea region; Gender in Viking Society; Runology and Old Norse
Core module is: Visualising the Vikings: the Vikings in Popular Culture
You will also choose two option modules which may include: The Language and Paleography of Older Scots; The North Atlantic World; Early Scottish and Norse Literature; The Orkney and Shetland Tongues; Orkney and Shetland Literature; Introduction to Screenwriting; Exploring Creative Writing
To achieve the award of MLitt Viking Studies you must complete a research dissertation.
This course is available online with support from
Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
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How to apply
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English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands
are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-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.
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): Scottish/EU on-site or online £520; Rest of UK on-site or online £650; International on-site £1150, online £820.