Taught course

Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies

University of Nottingham · School of English

Entry requirements

A 2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours undergraduate degree or international equivalent) in English language/literature, history or archaeology.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Key facts

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559