Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, M.Phil. | University of Cambridge | Cambridge, United Kingdom
9 months
30339 GBP/year
12903 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge is designed for students who have already undertaken a first degree incorporating work in some of the subjects encompassed by the Department.


The MPhil Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge 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.


MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in ASNC; the academic condition for continuation is normally an overall mark of 70 or more in the MPhil course, and 70 or more for the dissertation. A viva on the dissertation is compulsory for all students who have been made an offer for continuation to PhD.

Programme Structure


  • MPhil students meet for a weekly hour-long text-seminar throughout the first two terms of the course. The text-seminar focuses on a sequence of literary texts (studied in translation), including key Latin and vernacular texts from all the fields within ASNC, preceded by a group of earlier works that provided the intellectual background to the medieval world.  
  • Alongside this core seminar, students are expected to attend the two courses they have chosen to pursue from among the selection of linguistic/literary and historical subjects offered in the Department, which are taught through a varying combination of lectures, classes and seminars.  In this way, a significant proportion of the taught element of this MPhil is tailored to the individual needs of each student, hence the possible variation in weekly hours of seminars, classes and lectures.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.
  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Sample of work (max. 5)
  • Research proposal (M)
  • Please submit a 500-word research proposal.
  • Reasons for applying (5000 characters)

Tuition Fee

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    30339 GBP/year
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  • National

    12903 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12903 GBP per year during 9 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.


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