Taught courses available to MPhil students

MPhil students may attend all the Department’s undergraduate lectures, classes and seminars.  Since these include courses at first-, second-, and third-year levels, MPhils can either improve upon knowledge and skills already acquired during their undergraduate years or acquire a new area of expertise which will be useful to their future studies. The written exercise by which their attainment is formally assessed at the end of Lent Term will be calibrated according to the level at which each student started: beginner, intermediate or advanced.

ASNC Tripos Part I

The Department offers courses in the following areas each year: 

  1. England before the Conquest.
  2. Scandinavian history of the Viking Age.
  3. The Brittonic-speaking peoples from the fourth century to the twelfth.
  4. The Gaelic-speaking peoples from the fourth century to the twelfth.
  5. Old English language and literature.
  6. Old Norse language and literature.
  7. Medieval Welsh language and literature.
  8. Medieval Irish language and literature.
  9. Insular Latin language and literature.
  10. Palaeography and codicology.

M.Phil students wishing to take a beginner-level Written Exercise should go to the classes and/or lectures for the relevant course attended by first-year undergraduates (i.e. those undergraduates preparing for year 1 exams, a.k.a. Prelims); and those opting for an intermediate-level Written Exercise should go to the classes and/or lectures attended by second-year undergraduates (i.e. those preparing for year 2 exams, a.k.a. Part I). Beginner-level and intermediate-level M.Phil Written Exercises are at a standard equivalent to the exams taken by Prelim and Part I level undergraduates respectively.

For more detail on all these courses, please click here. (Please note that it is not possible for MPhil students to take written exercises in the 'borrowed papers' taught by other departments and offered at undergraduate level only.)


ASNC Tripos Part II

Part II is the third and final year of the undergraduate course and involves a range of papers which in some way or another take further the knowledge and skills acquired in the corresponding Part I courses.  The teaching is generally by seminars, classes, and some lectures; in all cases the students will be expected to give brief oral presentations in class reporting on the results of their own reading. Advanced-level MPhil written exercises are at a standard equivalent to the exams taken by Part II students.

  1. A subject in Anglo-Saxon history (currently The Anglo-Saxon Chancery)
  2. A subject in Scandinavian history of the Viking Age (currently The Coming of Christianity).
  3. A subject in the history of the Celtic-speaking world (currently Sea-Kings and the Celtic-speaking world, c. 1014-1164).
  4. A subject in ASNC History (currently Law and Lawlessness).
  5. A subject in Old English literature (currently Beowulf)
  6. Advanced Medieval Scandinavian language and literature
  7. Advanced Medieval Welsh language and literature
  8. Advanced Medieval Irish language and literature
  9. A subject in Insular Latin literature (currently Writting Women)
  10. Germanic philology
  11. Celtic philology
  12. Textual criticism

For more detail on the content of all these courses, please click here.

Other lecture-courses

In addition to the courses which they have chosen for their written exericses, M.Phil students are welcome at any other undergraduate lecture-courses within ASNC. All members of the University are also entitled to attend the extensive range of lectures available in Faculties other than their own, for example Classics, Archaeology, Anthropology, English, History, and Modern & Medieval Languages. For information about these, you are advised to consult the University Lecture List available online (http:/timetables.caret.cam.ac.uk).