A 2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours undergraduate degree or international equivalent) in English language/literature, history or archaeology.
Months of entry
This unique programme introduces you to a variety of approaches to the early Medieval period in England and Scandinavia, with particular emphasis on languages, scripts, and texts.
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 you the basic linguistic, textual, and analytical skills for early medieval studies, within a broader comparative and thematic context.
Two MA modules, Q34310 Research Methods in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies and Q34306 Reading Runes: Language, Literacy and Material Culture are based around field trips, funded by the school. The field trips provide students with practical experience and relevant skills, which are then put to use in independent projects on topics chosen by the students, which form part or all of the assessment for the modules concerned.
Many of the photographs on the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age website are taken from such field trips. There is also the opportunity to learn about public engagement through a placement in our well-established ‘Vikings/Anglo-Saxons for Schools’ project.
- Nottingham is renowned for its work in Runology, Name-Studies, Norse and Viking Studies and staff in the School of English, Centre for the Study of Viking Age and the Institute for Name-Studies have received international acclaim for their research in these areas
- We encourage an interdisciplinary approach to Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies, and you will be able to participate in joint events and field trips with the School of History and the Department of Archaeology
- This course is informed by work carried out in the University’s Institute for Name-Studies and the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age
- The School of English was ranked 7th in the UK for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
- Ranked 13th for English by the Complete University Guide 2020
- 45th in the QS World University 2018 rankings for English Language and Literature
- 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014)
- The programme offers an excellent route towards pursuing a PhD
- For details of sources of funding, visit the school's website
- There are opportunities for study abroad supported by the Erasmus programme with the University of Oslo
- Hear from current students in our School of English masters student videos
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiries
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