About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


The World of the Vikings

The Viking age (approx. 700 - 1050 A.D.) is known to be an extremely formative period, during which northern European societies crossed a number of decisive thresholds, such as those between paganism and Christianity, oral tradition and writing, tribal and state society. The Vikings also left their mark along the coast of Europe, in both Britain and the Baltic Sea area, and as such played an important part in forming the world as we know it today. The idea of the important role played by the Vikings can be seen in a modern context in various forms of expression in popular culture, as well as in typical ways, such as the national identity of the Nordic countries. The multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the Viking era is not just preferable, but necessary for research, and the course therefore emphasises both archaeological and written sources.


Target Group

This Bachelor's supplementary subject is aimed at students interested in specialising in a central area of research which covers a range of traditional academic disciplines.

All students who have passed their core course examinations can enrol on the course. Furthermore, this English-language course is aimed at international students enrolled at Aarhus University.

All teaching on the course takes place in English. However, both written and oral exams may be taken in Danish.


Relevant Questions

The supplementary subject in Viking era studies deals with such issues as:



  • What written and archaeological sources exist for Viking-era society, and how can they be used in a critical way?
  • How were cities and states formed during the Viking period, and what were the consequences of these developments for later societies?
  • What is known about religion during the Viking era and how did the transition from paganism to Christianity take place?
  • How did the oral storytelling and poetic culture of the Viking period become the cornerstone of the Norse written tradition, and what is the relationship between the literature and reality?
  • How has the tremendous, constant fascination with the Viking age from the the Middle Ages until modern times been expressed through art, faith and politics?


Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor


Job Profile

The supplementary subject in Viking era studies is primarily aimed at careers within:



  • research and teaching
  • dissemination of culture in the public and private sectors
  • public departments of culture
  • museums
  • tourism


Competency Profile

Students who take the supplementary subject in Viking-era studies gain:



  • the ability to form an understanding of a multifaceted and often difficult to access data.
  • an understanding of fundamental methodological principles for inter-disciplinary historical research and the ability to apply this competency in other disciplines.
  • the ability to complete problem-orientated tasks, i.e. to identify, define and reflect on an academic issue.
  • knowledge of relevant sources and their significance and potential in interpreting the Viking age.
  • the to independently discuss an academic issue and to place it within the correct context diachronically and synchronically.
  • knowledge of Viking-era society and culture in Scandinavia and its relationship with other areas from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
  • knowledge of the historical significance of the Viking era as a condition in the history of later periods, as well as the use and misuse of the Viking age as an identity-forming factor in the present day.
  • the ability to explain a key historical era in various contexts and using various academic approaches.