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The Vikings have been incredibly influential in world history and culture. The Institute for Northern 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. You will 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, you 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.
*Funding support notice*
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
Students can access the programme from a range of our undergraduate programmes including:
Core modules are:
Core module is:
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
To achieve the award of MLitt Viking Studies you must complete a research dissertation.
The number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
|Rest of UK |
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£560||£650||£650||£1,260||£900|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,680||£1,950||£1,950||£3,780||£2,700|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,360||£3,900||£3,900||£7,560||£5,400|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,000||£5,850||£5,850||£11,340||£8,120|
|Rest of UK |
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£520||£520||£650||£650||£1,190||£852|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,560||£1,560||£1,950||£1,950||£3,570||£2,556|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,120||£3,120||£3,900||£3,900||£7,140||£5,112|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£4,680||£4,680||£5,850||£5,850||£10,700||£7,660|
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
Once you have successfully completed your MLitt Viking Studies, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:
You can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and other institutions.
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The Institute for Northern Studies is based in Orkney and Shetland, the northern most part of the UK. Our students come from a variety of places and backgrounds, even from as far away as Canada and Australia. Our exciting, innovative programmes are embedded in the history and culture of our area. These include Viking Studies, Highlands and Islands Culture, Highlands and Islands Literature, Orkney and Shetland Studies and Island Studies.
Dr Andrew Jennings, programme leader for the institute’s masters programmes, is the author of a number of publications on Scottish history, Norse place-names and island studies, and is currently involved in a number of projects, including an international project with the Estonian War Museum.
Our students undertake unique programmes delivered by world leading experts. Their study at both masters and PhD level also equips them with a range of soft transferable skills which makes them very employable in today’s interdisciplinary and digital workplace. We are very much looking to the future as well as the past at the Institute for Northern Studies.
Dr Alexandra Sanmark, Reader in Medieval Archaeology, Institute for Northern Studies
There are very few courses available like this anywhere in the world, and none of this calibre through distance learning. I looked at universities in Britain and Scandinavia, including Iceland. I felt that the university had the best of the British and Scandinavian approaches, including several Scandinavian staff members.
Originally from the UK, Ross Downing is studying full-time on our MLitt Viking Studies, from his location in Sweden.
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.