Research course

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

University of Cambridge · School of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

If you have already taken a Cambridge BA Degree in ASNC you will need an average mark of 67 at Part II including at least 67 in your Part II dissertation. Conditional offers for other degree courses will be equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, April

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 9-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:

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

Skills and other attributes

By the end of their course, students should have:

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


MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in ASNC; the academic condition for continuation is an overall mark of 70 or more in the MPhil course, and 70 or more for the dissertation. A viva on the dissertation is compulsory for all students who have been made an offer for continuation to PhD.

Department specialisms

Old English and Old Norse; Anglo-Saxon History; Medieval Irish Literature; and Language; Celtic Philosophy; Medieval Welsh; Scandinavian History.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home/EU: £10,800
International students

Please visit our website for information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Head of Department
01223 335079
01223 335079