VMS4195 – Master's thesis in Viking and Medieval Studies

Course content

The theme of the master's thesis in Nordic Viking and Medieval Studies is chosen in collaboration with, and must be approved by, the thesis supervisor. The thesis must represent a piece of independent research work and must be an interdisciplinary study within the field of Viking and/or medieval studies.

The emphasis may be placed on one of the following disciplines:

  • Old Norse philology

  • Irish philology

  • archaeology or/and history combined with Old Norse philology

  • Old Norse philology combined with Irish philology

  • Old Norse philology and Irish philology combined with archaeology or/and history

  • history combined with archaeology

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

The objective of the master’s thesis course is to train students in argumentative, source-critical and problem-orientated research and to acquaint them with various theoretical and methodological research approaches. Through conducting independent research, students will learn how knowledge is created and how to assert their own expertise. The writing of the thesis itself will strengthen students’ ability to write good prose and to structure a written composition.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Passed NOR4900 – Nordisk prosjektsemester or NOR4950 – Forskningsprosjektsemester for lingvistiske og nordiske studier

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. 

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

Students must register via StudentWeb.


The deadline for handing in the thesis is 1st June in the spring semester and 1st December in the autumn semester. For more detailed information please visit the site for the relevant semester.

Guidelines on format and structure can be found here.

Your master thesis must be submitted in full text to DUO.

On our master's thesis pages you will find more information regarding formal requirements, supervisor, submission of thesis, grading, and more.

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

Withdrawal from an examination

A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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