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"The only undergraduate course that brings together the language and literature and the history of early medieval Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia - and manuscript studies too." -Dr Debby Banham, Former Director of Studies

Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic is a unique degree course focussing 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.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA

  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level 

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Subject Requirements

  • Required: None

  • Highly recommended: History and any of English Literature, English Language, a language

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around two students per year.

Written work 

Applicants are required to submit two school/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview. 

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