Taught course

Viking and Early Medieval English Studies

University of Nottingham · School of English

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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in English language/literature, history or archaeology

Months of entry


Course content

From Old Norse to runology, name-studies to Icelandic literature, this unique course is ideal if you’re planning a career in the heritage industry or considering PhD research.

You will reveal invaluable information about how people in the early medieval period lived, thought and spoke, through:

  • studying early medieval poetry and prose in Old English and Old Norse
  • learning how to read runic inscriptions, and work with other historical sources
  • learning how to analyse place-names

Your teaching is informed by the work of our Institute for Name-Studies and Centre for the Study of the Viking Age research groups. For example, you can work with museum artefacts and reproductions produced as part of our 'Bringing the Vikings back to the East Midlands' project, in partnership with local museums.

You are also welcome to attend our Norse and Viking Seminars (NoViS), the biennial Fell-Benedikz lecture, and the biennial Cameron Lecture, and learn from our academics, postgraduate research students and guest speakers.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6 in any element)

English language requirements: As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications. This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English.

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