The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

The Department of ASNC is one of the smallest departments in the University, hosting 30-40 graduate students and 70-80 undergraduate students in any given year. The Anglo-Saxon & Kindred Studies Tripos was first introduced as a two-year course in 1957, renamed as the Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Tripos (still only a two-year course) in 1971, to reflect the distinctively interdisciplinary and cross-cultural identity it had developed; at last in 1992 it became possible to study the course for three years, enabling students to develop their interests and abilities to a more advanced level.

Undergraduate Admissions

The BA in Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic at Cambridge is unique (both in Britain and Ireland and indeed in the world!) in offering a degree in which students can combine a passion for early medieval history with a love of languages and literature, while also ranging across the cultures of early Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia, in any combination they choose.

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Graduate Admissions

The ASNC Department offers a 9-month research-preparation MPhil course and a three-year PhD. It has a lively graduate community with students pursuing research topics in all areas covered by the teaching and research interests of the Department, covering early medieval languages and literatures (Old English, Old Norse, Medieval Welsh, Medieval Irish, Insular Latin), the history of a comparable range of geographical areas (Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, and Scotland), as well palaeography.

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