Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

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A unique multidisciplinary course incorporating elements of history, archaeology and medieval languages, which provides opportunities for specialisation from the first year.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic.


Overview 🔗 This is the ASNaC section of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.

Faculty website 🔗 This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the Faculty of ASNaC undergrad prospectus 🔗 🌟 which gives a general overview of what studying ASNaC at Cambridge is like.

Unofficial prospectus 🔗 This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a ASNaC student is like, compared to official materials.

More things to explore

History with Hilbert YouTube channel 🔗 Have a look at this YouTube channel created by a Cambridge ASNaC student for a glimpse into the kinds of topics which you can study as part of the course.

If you can access the British Library or the British Museum, try to have a look at some manuscripts to see what it’s like to work with primary sources.

Spoken Word 🔗 The University has created this resource which allow you to gain an insight into the languages you can study as part of the course, and the importance of understanding how they were intended to be spoken aloud.

Look into some Irish and Welsh myths to see if you’d like to study their language and content at a deeper level as part of the course! Don’t worry, you’re not expected to be fluent in Old Norse or Medieval Welsh when you arrive; you’ll be taught the languages from scratch during the course.

See if your local library has a copy of relevant books including R.I. Page’s ‘Chronicles of the Vikings’ or J. Bachouse’s ‘The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art’.

Application Resources

ASNaC Virtual Open Day 2020 videos 🔗 🌟 The faculty have produced a series of short videos about the course which are available to watch on their YouTube channel.

Reading Lists 🔗 These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long they are; they’re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for ASNaC 🔗 🌟 Some useful guidance about the application process.

InsideUni ASNaC interview experiences
🔗 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!