Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent). Including: relevant literary and or historical studies (English language / literature, history or archaeology). Transcripts are required.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative programme allows students the comparative study of two areas of early medieval languages and literatures: Old English and Old Norse, as well as their cultural background.

The course is excellent preparation for postgraduate research in the subject area, but is also suitable for those planning a career in the heritage industry, or with a more general interest.

The course offers students the basic linguistic, textual, and analytical skills for early medieval studies, within a broader comparative and thematic context. It combines taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation which builds on the subjects studied in the taught modules. Students may choose to emphasise either Old English and Anglo-Saxon studies, or Old Norse and Viking studies, or may pursue both within the overall comparative framework.

In addition to language and literature, Nottingham is also particularly renowned for its specialisation in name-studies and in runology, and the MA programme has close links with related work in other disciplines such as archaeology and history.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of English web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment24
Dissertation66 (14000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559