Taught course

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

University of Cambridge · Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK high 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic is designed for students who have already undertaken a first degree incorporating work in some of the subjects encompassed by the Department. Our MPhil programme provides a nine-month course (October to June) in the scholarly methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the history, languages, literatures, and material culture of the peoples of Britain and Ireland, Brittany and Scandinavia in the earlier Middle Ages.

The course enables candidates to achieve an understanding of early Insular culture as a whole, as well as specialising in aspects of particular interest, whether historical, palaeographical, literary, or linguistic. Training is given in scholarly methods and practices, complemented by instruction in the particular fields of the candidate's interests.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

During the MPhil, students should have:

  • developed a deeper knowledge of their chosen area within Anglo- Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and of the critical debates within it;
  • developed an understanding of critical debates which allows the evaluation of current research in their dissertation field; and
  • shown independent judgement based on their own research.

Skills and other attributes

By the end of their course, students should have:

  • acquired or consolidated linguistic, palaeographical or other scholarly skills;
  • participated effectively in seminar discussions and made an oral presentation of their research; and
  • learnt how to schedule independent research to produce written work of a high standard to a strict deadline.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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