HIOK0001SU Summer Courses in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies: 1. Reading and Working with Manuscripts

Volume 2016/2017

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.

For a full list of lecturers, please visit: http://nfi.ku.dk/english/courses/summer-courses/

For information on tuition fees, please visit the Faculty of Humanities summer school website: http://humanities.ku.dk/education/summer/

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:



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).
The student must have some background in Old Norse language and literature.
The student must be able to read texts in Academic English.
Class instruction with lectures and workshops.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 70
  • Course Preparation
  • 120
  • Preparation
  • 20
  • Total
  • 210
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation, 2 weeks under invigilation
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship