Summer Courses in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies: 1. Reading and Working with Manuscripts

Course content

The course Reading and Working with Manuscripts provides the student with an introduction to codicology and paleography in the form of lectures and workshops. Gaining hands-on experience with real manuscripts from the Arnamagnæan Collection, the student will learn how to handle, describe and read medieval and early modern manuscripts from Iceland and Scandinavia.

The workload amounts to a total of 210 hours, equalling 7.5 ECTS.
For PhD students credits are 5 ECTS.

This includes preparatory reading before the beginning of the summer school. A list of  recommended reading can be found here.

The timetables for 2023 will be made available closer to the date.

For information on tuition fees, please visit the Faculty of Humanities summer school website

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe a medieval or early modern manuscript book in terms of its codicological features
  • Recognize and date various types of medieval and post-medieval scripts
  • Read and transcribe texts found in primary manuscript sources


See the curriculum.

Class instruction with lectures and workshops.

The student must have some background in Old Norse language and literature.
The student must be able to read texts in Academic English.

In order to be admitted to the Master’s elective offered as summer courses in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies, the student must have completed a Bachelor's degree program. The student must have some background in Old Norse language and literature, e.g. a BA level course such as The Nordic languages in the Medieval Period (De nordiske sprog i middelalderen).

Continuous feedback during the course
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation under invigilation
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 20
  • Exam Preparation
  • 120
  • English
  • 210


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Part Time Master
The Summer Courses in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies will take place 14 - 23 August 2023
Study Board of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics
Contracting department
  • Department of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinators
  • Sean Vrieland   (13-786a6673337b776e6a71667369456d7a7233707a336970)
  • Tarrin Jon Wills   (6-7c697a7a717648707d7536737d366c73)
  • Giovanni Verri   (3-6c7b6e456d7a7233707a336970)

And other teachers include:
Anne Mette Hansen
Beeke Stegmann
and more TBA

Saved on the 13-03-2023

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