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Postgraduate Study

About the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

The Department of ASNC is one of the smallest departments in the University - on an annual basis it hosts around 30-40 graduate students and 70-80 undergraduate students. The Department sits within the Faculty of English, which is part of the School of Arts and Humanities. The Department's offices and Common Room are on the second floor of the Faculty of English building which was opened by HM The Queen in June 2005. The ASNC Common Room is a well used social and study space available to members of the Department (whenever the room is not booked for teaching purposes or for meetings). The Common Room provides students and other departmental members with valuable work-space, two PWF computers and a printer, books and files for reference purposes, a small kitchen area and access to a private terrace.

2 courses offered in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

This unique programme allows students to achieve an understanding of early Insular culture as a whole, while also specialising in aspects of particular interest. Although 50 per cent of the overall assessment is an independently researched dissertation, formal teaching is offered in the form of weekly text seminars.

Students also follow two undergraduate courses of their choice, in order to acquire or enhance disciplines appropriate to their individual research subject (eg history, palaeography, languages, philology, textual criticism). In addition, there will be regular meetings with the MPhil supervisor allocated to each student.

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The ASNC PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three years of research, by a thesis of up to 80,000 words. The Department can offer doctoral supervision on topics in a variety of early medieval languages and literatures, in the history of a comparable range of geographical areas, as well as in palaeography.

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Department Members

Dr Elizabeth Rowe
Head of Department

  • 9 Academic Staff
  • 6 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 43 Graduate Students
  • 54 Undergraduates

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