BA (Hons) Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

Duration: 3 years

Course details

The history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, Celtic languages and literature allows you to explore a range of cultures, and to look at history, language and literature side by side. ASNC course focuses on the history, material culture, languages and literature of the peoples of Britain, Ireland and the Scandinavian world in the earlier middle Ages. 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.


Year 1

6 subjects chosen from following 10:

Anglo-Saxon history, Scandinavian history, Gaelic history (Scotland and Ireland), Brittonic history (Wales and Brittany), insular Latin, old English, old Norse, Medieval Welsh, Medieval Irish, palaeography (the study of manuscripts and handwriting)

Year 2

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.

Year 3

This is where you 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. You study four subjects selected from a range of 17 papers.

Entry requirements

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

Career possibilities

As only a small number of students study this course, these stats refer to both the Gaelic and Celtic languages and study – over a third of the graduates in this area have studied Welsh. Not surprisingly, most graduates go to work in the regions they studied, so these subjects tend to lead to jobs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and salaries reflect that, being a little lower than the graduate average. Graduates from Celtic studies subjects are also quite likely to go into teacher training when they graduate.

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