MAS4091 – Master's Thesis in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies

Course content

The theme of the master's thesis in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies is chosen in collaboration with, and must be approved by, the thesis supervisor. The thesis must be a scientific investigation of a theoretical or empirical kind; it represents an independent piece of research within the field of Viking and/or medieval studies.

The emphasis may be placed on one or more of the following disciplines: history, arthistory, history of religion, archaeology, philology, or cultural history.

The research question should be precisely defined, the method well founded and the argumentation systematically presented. The thesis will comprise between 35 to 50 pages of approximately 2,300 keystrokes, excluding spaces, per page.

Learning outcome

Having completed the thesis the student will:

  • be able to design and manage an independent research project.
  • have a strengthened ability to write good prose and to structure a written composition.
  • be able to  assert their own expertise and apply it in an argumentative, source-critical and problem-orientated research and to acquaint it with various theoretical and methodological research approaches.


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Admission to the Master programme Nordic Viking and Medieval Culture


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A requirement for submitting the master’s thesis is a completion of the series of taught courses (60 credits) according to the structuring of the programme.

Recommended previous knowledge

This course builds on previous knowledge equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Western-European Medieval Studies or another bachelor’s degree majoring within a discipline covering the Viking or Nordic Medieval period.


Supervision in connection with writing the master's thesis is obligatory. In order to be assigned a supervisor, students must agree to and sign a supervision agreement for masters students enrolled in the Department. The Department appoints a supervisor and the supervision agreement will be sent to the student by the student advisor.

Each student is entitled to up to 7,5 hours of supervision. Some of the tuition can be given in groups.

Students must register for tuition and the exam via StudentWeb.


The deadline for handing in the thesis is 1st June in the spring semester and 1st December in the autumn semester.

The master’s dissertation should consist of 35-50 pages, assessed at 30 credits.

See Master's thesis at ILN for information regarding formal requirements, supervisor, submission of thesis, grading, and more.

It is mandatory to submit the thesis in full in DUO. You can read more about how to submit your thesis here.

The following form must me filled out when handing in your Thesis.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The master's thesis may be written in English or any of the Scandinavian Languages

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Deadline for submission of Master´s Thesis: 1. June

Teaching language

English or Scandinavian