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    Hi, Looking to study the MLitt in Viking Studies at UHI via distance learning any advice from those that have started / completed this post graduate degree?
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    Hi ulfhednar,
    I am about to finish the MLitt Viking Studies. Do you have any specific questions?
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    Just wondering what the online / distance learning support is like? I'm just about to start my masters in Archaeology and want to do this course after and specialise in the Viking Age archaeology, Dissertation has so far been based on the ulfhednar, Masters is on Sacrifice during the period. I was wondering how much of the course is 'saga' literature based vs. archaeology and contemporary studies? What are the assessment methods? Online support etc. What are the staff really like? Do you interact a lot with your peers with discussions etc. What is the contact like with the university. Do you actually learn old Norse or is it all text and dictionary based? Would this course allow you to perform your own translations? Do you need to visit the university at all or can it all be done via distance learning (mode I will be choosing). Basically be as honest as you can about the course. I really need a frank account before progressing. Thanks
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    Hi again,
    first of all I can say that my experience has been very positive. I might be slightly biased - I am continuing with the Centre for Nordic Studies for a PhD from October. In my MLitt, I am done with all taught modules and about half-way through with the dissertation.
    I did everything in distance learning and the support has been amazing. Obviously, there are the lectures. You can either attend the video conference or watch the lecture recording later. I recommend attending the live conference because then you get the opportunity to ask questions directly. Often, group sizes are quite small, and it is essential that you do the reading before the lecture. There is also an online forum where you can chat to other students and ask questions. How busy this is depends from module to module, in some modules participation in online discussions counts for 5-10% of your overall mark. In addition, for the dissertation we've got a skype chat, and for some other modules, there are Facebook conversations. Of course it's not comparable with meeting up for a coffee on campus but it's as good as distance learning gets.
    How much literature vs. archaeology you do depends on your choice of modules. There is one compulsory "modern" module, and I enjoyed it a lot, it taught me to see things from an entirely new perspective though I guess it's probably not everybody's cup of tea.
    Assessment methods are generally essays or papers, some modules also have marked presentations which you can do through the video conference system, and a few mark contributions on the discussion board but that's in any case only a very small part of the mark.
    The staff have very diverse backgrounds, from archaeology via folklore to linguistics. This is particularly helpful for the dissertation, you can choose some quite unusual fields.
    As for Old Norse, I did it in my undergrad already so I cannot judge how much a beginner would really learn. There is one compulsory module on Old Norse and Runology and by the end you will definitely translate a literary text and be able to transliterate runic inscriptions. But you will also most likely need to use a dictionary for some terms.
    There is no need to visit the university, but I recommend going to Orkney at least once. I visited in April for a conference and it was absolutely amazing. It is a beautiful place and it's great to meet the people in real life.
    My only slightly negative point it the main UHI registry, they sometimes mess up data - however, that's nothing that can't be corrected by a quick email, and it is a very new university administration, so it should get bettter by the time you start.
    If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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    Anndee, thank you for the response and the frank account on the matter. I hope your graduation went well, I hear its pretty impressive in St Magnus'. I think the flexibility of the MLitt via distance is definitely something to consider, think I will finish my Archaeology masters set myself up in a job and then consider the next step. Again, thanks again for the information.
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    Anyone here going to UHI - Inverness? ^ ^ I'm going for the Scottish Cultural Studies and Scottish History BA. Anybody here have experience with this campus/course care to share? I've only had an unconditional offer over the phone and submitted it as my clearing choice, but I need paperwork and a student number from UHI to secure accomodation.
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    (Original post by imgunnalearn)
    Anyone here going to UHI - Inverness? ^ ^ I'm going for the Scottish Cultural Studies and Scottish History BA. Anybody here have experience with this campus/course care to share? I've only had an unconditional offer over the phone and submitted it as my clearing choice, but I need paperwork and a student number from UHI to secure accomodation.
    Hi I'm going to study Sociology and Politics BAH there! I have the email address of the women in charge of the accommodation for the Inverness campus if you like? I also have the Inverness UHI Guidance email address.
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    (Original post by CharlotteAMM98)
    Hi I'm going to study Sociology and Politics BAH there! I have the email address of the women in charge of the accommodation for the Inverness campus if you like? I also have the Inverness UHI Guidance email address.
    Hello! I have been trying to sort it out also with Mariam, but Im struggling to get the money together for the first semester accomodation costs, nearly £1800, because its due on the 1st of september but i do not get my loan until 5th and then 7th of september. Im trying to get a student overdraft set up in time so that hopefully I can manage it but its way to close for comfort and i might not even get an overdraft. Kind of panicking now.
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    (Original post by imgunnalearn)
    Hello! I have been trying to sort it out also with Mariam, but Im struggling to get the money together for the first semester accomodation costs, nearly £1800, because its due on the 1st of september but i do not get my loan until 5th and then 7th of september. Im trying to get a student overdraft set up in time so that hopefully I can manage it but its way to close for comfort and i might not even get an overdraft. Kind of panicking now.
    Hi I'm confused why do you need to pay£1800? I know the deposit is £350 but I thought the accommodation was paid weekly? i don t think my loan comes through til the 12th :/
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    (Original post by CharlotteAMM98)
    Hi I'm confused why do you need to pay£1800? I know the deposit is £350 but I thought the accommodation was paid weekly? i don t think my loan comes through til the 12th :/
    Have you spoke to Mariam at city living? The cost of accommodation is paid 3 times, once per semester. the first semester is paid on the 1st of september, thats non negotiable and not at all flexible. so for my 51 week tenency it works out as £125 x 51 divided by 3 (minus the 350 deposit) £1775. I've just got off the phone with her and it's looking grim as my loan doesnt get through till the 5th and then 7th. Its soo stupid as id have all the money a week later but its non negotiable. Freaking out. Trying to find some private accomodation to share :[

    Want to think about it with me haha?
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    (Original post by imgunnalearn)
    Have you spoke to Mariam at city living? The cost of accommodation is paid 3 times, once per semester. the first semester is paid on the 1st of september, thats non negotiable and not at all flexible. so for my 51 week tenency it works out as £125 x 51 divided by 3 (minus the 350 deposit) £1775. I've just got off the phone with her and it's looking grim as my loan doesnt get through till the 5th and then 7th. Its soo stupid as id have all the money a week later but its non negotiable. Freaking out. Trying to find some private accomodation to share :[

    Want to think about it with me haha?
    I'm talking to her rn I completely forgot it was 3 installments because other people who are moving have been saying theres is like weekly/monthly etc - I was relying on my loan but it doesn't come through til the 12th so I don't know what I'm going to do. Can we stay somewhere until our loan comes through then move into the accommodation? Also do you have facebook?
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    (Original post by CharlotteAMM98)
    I'm talking to her rn I completely forgot it was 3 installments because other people who are moving have been saying theres is like weekly/monthly etc - I was relying on my loan but it doesn't come through til the 12th so I don't know what I'm going to do. Can we stay somewhere until our loan comes through then move into the accommodation? Also do you have facebook?
    I have a facebook account I barely use. I dont think we can move into their accomodation if we dont pay by the 1st september, like 99% sure that is the case or there wouldn't be a problem.

    I looked up the cost of the local youth hostels in Inverness but they are £24 or something per night. I'm looking all over gumtree for private landord rooms and stuff.
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    (Original post by imgunnalearn)
    I have a facebook account I barely use. I dont think we can move into their accomodation if we dont pay by the 1st september, like 99% sure that is the case or there wouldn't be a problem.

    I looked up the cost of the local youth hostels in Inverness but they are £24 or something per night. I'm looking all over gumtree for private landord rooms and stuff.
    I dont't think I can pay that unless I find some way of borrowing all that money then paying whoever back when my loan comes through or something omg I have no idea what todo - doesnt the UHI website have a list of people willing to provide accommodation? because thats where i was looking into before the Inverness accommodation became available? Could I get a link cos it would be easier to talk to you there and tbh I don't use mine either only for messaging ha
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    (Original post by CharlotteAMM98)
    I dont't think I can pay that unless I find some way of borrowing all that money then paying whoever back when my loan comes through or something omg I have no idea what todo - doesnt the UHI website have a list of people willing to provide accommodation? because thats where i was looking into before the Inverness accommodation became available? Could I get a link cos it would be easier to talk to you there and tbh I don't use mine either only for messaging ha
    Sent a link in private message. hope it works lol
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    (Original post by imgunnalearn)
    Sent a link in private message. hope it works lol
    hello all, im going to study history BAH at Inverness and i think its very weird how we have to pay so much so soon. Im looking forward to the new experience though
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    (Original post by worthcoronet)
    hello all, im going to study history BAH at Inverness and i think its very weird how we have to pay so much so soon. Im looking forward to the new experience though
    hiya are you staying at the accommodation? have you managed to pay for it all?
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    (Original post by CharlotteAMM98)
    hiya are you staying at the accommodation? have you managed to pay for it all?
    hi, yeah ill be at the accommodation and im currently getting the money but its so much! as soon as my loan comes in on the 12th i think ill be paying back family so ill have no money after. Does anyone know of good jobs up in Inverness?
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    (Original post by worthcoronet)
    hi, yeah ill be at the accommodation and im currently getting the money but its so much! as soon as my loan comes in on the 12th i think ill be paying back family so ill have no money after. Does anyone know of good jobs up in Inverness?
    aw youre lucky ive had to give up on the accommodation and am now looking for somewhere else. the amount they expect you to pay is unfair considering student loans are taken out to pay for these kind of costs
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    (Original post by CharlotteAMM98)
    aw youre lucky ive had to give up on the accommodation and am now looking for somewhere else. the amount they expect you to pay is unfair considering student loans are taken out to pay for these kind of costs
    I didnt think id have the money but ive managed to get it luckily. i would assume that many people are going to be in the same situation where they simply cant afford the 1800 but i believe there are many B and Bs about the city. it should be more clearer when we all applied in the first place.
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    (Original post by worthcoronet)
    I didnt think id have the money but ive managed to get it luckily. i would assume that many people are going to be in the same situation where they simply cant afford the 1800 but i believe there are many B and Bs about the city. it should be more clearer when we all applied in the first place.
    The UHI Guidance Team said they recognised that many students can't afford this and that I should have been told in my Tenancy Agreement but I have been asking for those since April then I got told a few weeks ago I'd get them after exam results, I still haven't but that's cutting it a bit to close
 
 
 
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