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Postgraduate Study

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Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic is designed for students who have already undertaken a first degree incorporating work in some of the subjects encompassed by the Department. Our MPhil programme provides a nine-month course (October to June) in the scholarly methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the history, languages, literatures, and material culture of the peoples of Britain and Ireland, Brittany and Scandinavia in the earlier Middle Ages.

The course enables candidates to achieve an understanding of early Insular culture as a whole, as well as specialising in aspects of particular interest, whether historical, palaeographical, literary, or linguistic. Training is given in scholarly methods and practices, complemented by instruction in the particular fields of the candidate's interests.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

During the MPhil, students should have:

  • developed a deep and critical knowledge of their chosen area within Anglo- Saxon, Norse and Celtic;
  • developed an understanding of critical debates which allows the evaluation of current research in their dissertation field; and
  • shown independent judgement based on their own research.

Skills and other attributes

By the end of their course, students should have:

  •  acquired and/or consolidated linguistic, palaeographical or other scholarly skills;
  •  participated effectively in seminar discussions and made an oral presentation of their research; and
  •  learned how to schedule independent research to produce written work of a high standard to a strict deadline.


To continue to the PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, students must apply through the University’s admission processes, taking funding and application deadlines into consideration. Readmission is not automatic and each application is considered on its own merits. The expected standard for continuation is an overall mark of at least 70%, including at least 70% the dissertation, the same hurdle as would be applied to those applying from elsewhere.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

9 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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