Expert driven research exploring Scandinavian literature, language, history and culture.

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Degree Qualification
MLitt or PhD

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Our research explores early Scandinavia, Vikings, and Old Norse language and literature.

September and January start dates available

Our Research

In particular, we specialise in:

We also collaborate across disciplines and Schools to offer joint supervision in archaeological and other projects.

Before starting the online application, applicants must email a potential supervisor to discuss their proposed research project.

If you are unable to commit to full-time study on campus there are also part-time and distance-learning opportunities.

Research Interests

Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture

Old Norse literature and cultural production, especially the sagas and Eddic and skaldic poetry; legal culture in early Iceland; medieval Scandinavian historical writing; cognitive and ecocritical approaches to Old Norse literature; the supernatural and fantastic in Old Norse literature; links and comparisons between Old Norse and Celtic literatures.

Supervisors: Hannah Burrows, Ralph O’Connor

Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture

Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)

The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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Entry Requirements

Normally, the minimum entrance requirement for admission to the PhD is a degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in an appropriate field, or equivalent. It is preferable that you hold a Masters in the chosen area of study as well.

Alongside your application form, you will need to upload the following supporting documents online:

  • Copies of your undergraduate and graduate degree certificates
  • Academic transcripts for your undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Two academic references; either the details of your referees provided on your application form or uploaded online with your application.
  • Your research proposal
  • If English is not your first language and you have not studied previously at an institution in the UK, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in English by taking an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE academic test.

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Experts on early Scandinavia

Aberdeen now has the largest concentration of experts on early Scandinavia in the British Isles. This is marked by the Centre for Scandinavian Studies (CfSS), founded in 2007.


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School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
50-52 College Bounds
AB24 3DS