Are you fascinated by the Vikings and Old Norse sagas? Or Celtic mythology and the Book of Kells? Or King Alfred the Great and the origins of the English language? Then Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic could be the course for you!
Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC for short) is a degree course which you can only study in Cambridge. It focuses upon the history, languages and literatures of the different peoples of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the early medieval period — in other words it does for these peoples what Classics does for the ancient Mediterranean world. It will therefore appeal to anyone fascinated by the early histories and writings of the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Celtic peoples. It’s an interdisciplinary course, involving not just history but languages (you can learn one or more of Old English, Old Norse, medieval Irish and Welsh, and Latin) and literature (we study the classics of early medieval storytelling, like Beowulf, the Icelandic sagas and the Mabinogion). You do not need to have studied any of these subjects before you apply — everything is taught from scratch.
If you are interested in finding out more about joining us the ASNC Open Day provides valuable information about the course and about the application procedure. You would get to meet some of the teaching staff of the Department who will describe their respective subjects, the kinds of materials studied, and the range of choices the Tripos offers. There are opportunities to ask questions and to meet current students. Staff will also explain the application process and discuss the kinds of employment into which our graduates move.