University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands

Viking Studies

Students on this course 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. Study examines Viking iconography in text and film, the role of women, and the significance of runes.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as history, archaeology, literature, or ethnology. International students whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in all 4 components).

Course modules

It is possible to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree PgCert: core modules are: Vikings in the Scottish islands and the Irish sea region; gender in Viking society; runology and old Norse. PgDdip core module is: visualizing the Vikings: the Vikings in popular culture. Option modules include: the language and paleography of older scots; the Nar literary context; historical and cultural perspectives of the Nar; early Scottish and Norse literature; the Orkney and Shetland tongues; Orkney and Shetland literature; introduction to screenwriting; exploring creative writing.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MLitt Online study £ 520 per Module (home fees) 1 years
MLitt Online study £ 780 per Module (overseas fees) 1 years
MLitt Online study £ 650 per Module (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 1 years
MLitt Online study £ 650 per Module (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lews Castle College UHI Stornoway HS2 0XR Scotland
Orkney College UHI Orkney KW15 1LX Scotland

Key information

University Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0845 272 3600