Medieval Icelandic Studies

The Medieval Icelandic Studies programme at the University of Iceland is designed for international students who hold a bachelor’s degree with a medieval component in at least one of the following areas: literature, history, religion, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, art history or folklore. The medieval component is typically a university course with a medieval element.

Prior knowledge of Old Icelandic/Old Norse is not required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to complete levels 1–2 of the free online course Icelandic Online ( before enrolment.

The programme is run in cooperation with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum), a research institute with close ties to the University of Iceland. The programme is aimed at providing graduate students with the necessary tools to study Old/Medieval Icelandic texts in the original and in their manuscript context, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary study. The programme provides preparation for those interested in pursuing research in Viking Studies, Old Norse Myth and religion, the history of the medieval north as well as medieval Nordic literature (sagas, eddic and skaldic poetry).

The language of instruction is English.

See the the Medieval Icelandic Studies programme  web site for further information.