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Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

University of Cambridge

36 months
22227 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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From the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, and Celtic languages to Viking exploits – The Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic programme offered by the University of Cambridge allows you to explore a range of cultures, and to look at history, language and literature side by side.


The Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic programme offered by the University of Cambridge focuses on the history, material culture, languages and literature of the peoples of Britain, Ireland and the Scandinavian world in the earlier Middle Ages.

Students discover medieval history while learning one or more languages and reading great works of literature in the original languages, such as the Old English poem Beowulf, the epic medieval Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) and Icelandic sagas. 

Exactly which areas you study and to what depth is largely up to you, and to support your learning Cambridge has rare and exceptional resources to offer in the University Library, the College libraries, and in the Fitzwilliam and other museums.

Course Outline

  • In the first year, you study the various disciplines which form the core of ASNC studies. There are no compulsory papers – you choose six subjects from a range of 10, and take an examination in four of them and departmental tests in the other two.
  • In your second year, you may continue to study your chosen subjects and take an examination in all six of them. Alternatively, you have the option to replace up to three of your first-year subjects with a dissertation and/or one or two 'shared' papers (from related courses). Shared papers currently include subjects from Archaeology, English, and Modern and Medieval Languages.
  • In the third year, you'll develop and use the skills you learned in Part I, exploring your chosen fields and applying your newly acquired knowledge in original and imaginative ways.

After ASNC

This unusual and challenging degree develops your powers of argument and sharpens your powers of analysis. It equips you for a wide range of careers where intellectual and analytical skills are important.

‘Asnac’ (as they like to be called) graduates can be found in a wide range of careers. Some take advantage of the specialist opportunities open to them and do research and teaching in schools and universities, or work in museums and libraries; while many others go into careers including journalism, publishing, banking, law, the Civil Service, industry and business, and even software development.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anglo-Saxon history
  • Scandinavian history
  • Gaelic history (Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man)
  • Brittonic history (Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, the Pictish kingdoms and the North Britons)
  • Old English
  • Old Norse
  • Medieval Welsh
  • Medieval Irish
  • Medieval Latin
  • Paleography 
  • The Conversion of Scandinavia
  • Beowulf
  • Advanced Medieval Irish Language and Literature
  • Germanic Philology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment
  • Candidates academic record and forecast grades in school-leaving examinations
  • Examples of recent written work submitted to the College to which they are applying

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22227 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22227 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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