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The MLitt in Scandinavian Studies (Viking and Medieval Studies) is a taught Masters which introduces students to the research field of Viking and medieval Scandinavia and the Viking legacy abroad in an interdisciplinary way, encompassing Old Norse language and literature, early Scandinavian culture, society and religion and studying important non-written sources such as archaeology, runes and place names. The Master?s degree programme provides a good grounding for students who wish to pursue subsequent research in Scandinavian Studies. CENTRE FOR SCANDINAVIAN STUDIES The Centre for Scandinavian Studies, a brand new research institute, brings together distinguished scholars from various major disciplines, to create a vibrant research community for postgraduates. It is situated in one of the oldest British universities, whose extensive and unique Historic Collections go back to the library of the university?s founder, Bishop William Elphinstone (1431-1514). SYLLABUS Viking and Medieval Studies Students are required to participate in the core course ?Approaches to Scandinavian Studies? during the first half-session. This will provide an introduction to the various scholarly methods and debates within the field of early Scandinavian landscapes and history, Viking studies and Old Norse language and literature. In addition students choose from a range of courses offered under the headings ?Research Methods?, ?Research Skills?, and ?Elective courses on Specific Topics? making up a total of 120 credits of taught courses. MLitt students are required to write a dissertation of 15,000 words in English over the summer, with submission in September. Students taking a Diploma do not write a dissertation. Research methods courses include: Approaches to Scandinavian Studies Scandinavian Studies Dissertation: sources and source criticism Introduction to historical research Research methods in language and literature Preparation and presentation of scholarly writing Historical writing and editing Research skills courses include: Old Norse language and literature. An overview Early Germanic languages. An overview Elective courses (20 credits) on specific topics cover: 1. Old Norse language 2. Old Norse sagas and poetry 3. Approaches to landscape studies in Scandinavia 4. The Christianization and early Church history in Scandinavia 5. Vikings in Britain and Ireland 6. Scandinavian literature 7. Trolls, druids and the walking dead: visions of the pagan past in medieval Ireland and Iceland 8. Runes and place names: important sources for early Scandinavia 9. Church, Law and State in medieval Scandinavia: A Euro- pean Perspective 10. The Reception of Law in Northern Europe: Texts, Institutions, Personnel A dissertation of 15,000 words is written on a topic of the student?s choice, related to Scandinavian Studies. Students who do not write a dissertation may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Scandinavian Studies. Those whose first language is not English also require IELTS 6.5, including minimum writing score 6.0, or a TOEFL score of 580 (computer-based TOEFL 237) with TWE 4.5.

The MLitt in Scandinavian Studies (Viking and Medieval Studies) is a taught Masters which introduces students to the research field of Viking and medieval Scandinavia and the Viking legacy abroad in an interdisciplinary way, encompassing Old Norse language and literature, early Scandinavian culture, society and religion and studying important non-written sources such as archaeology, runes and...

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