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Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Sidney

ASNC at Cambridge

The history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, Celtic languages and literature, or Viking exploits – Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic (ASNC) allows you to explore a range of cultures, and to look at history, language and literature side by side.

ASNC focuses on the history, material culture, languages and literature of the peoples of Britain, Ireland and the Scandinavian world in the earlier Middle Ages.

ASNC students discover medieval history while learning one or more languages and reading great works of literature in the original languages, such as the Old English poem Beowulf, the epic medieval Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) and Icelandic sagas. Exactly which areas you study and to what depth is largely up to you, and to support your learning Cambridge has rare and exceptional resources to offer in the University Library, the College libraries, and in the Fitzwilliam and other museums.

A guide to the ASNC Tripos may be viewed on the department’s web page which also provides up-to-date information about the departmental Open Day held annually in June.

ASNC at Sidney

Applications from would-be Anglo-Saxonists are very welcome at Sidney Sussex and you might like to know that the College library is one of the best-stocked in Cambridge. Our Director of Studies, Dr Rosalind Loveis primarily interested in late antique and early medieval culture and thought, particularly the Insular world. Sidney Fellows with related research and teaching interests include Professor Rosamond McKitterick, who has published extensively on the early medieval history of Europe, Dr Tom Lambert, who researches medieval societies and social order, and Professor Christopher Page, who is an expert on medieval music and literature.


Director of Studies (DoS)

Dr Rosalind Love

All of our undergraduate students are allocated a Director of Studies and learn from specialists in particular areas of their subject. From time to time, individual teaching staff may be away on leave.

Typical Intake

1 - 2

Standard Entry Requirements

A*AA at A Level

41-42 points in the IB, with 776 at Higher Level

Please see the University website for standard entry requirements in other qualifications.

Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.

There are no subject-specific entrance requirements. At Sidney, typical subject combinations might include English or History or a modern language or Latin, but we do not have any particular requirements and are simply looking for evidence of academic ability in the humanities.

It is helpful to have some idea of the areas of the Tripos that you might wish to study, and you should also have done some exploratory reading about the topics that particularly interest you. The Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic department has information on the papers that make up the ASNC Tripos, as well as some suggestions for introductory reading.

Admissions Process

Written work

Two essays, in any subject. We will send out more specific information about what is required after the UCAS deadline.

Admissions Assessments

Pre-interview assessment. Read more about the admissions assessment on the University website.


Two interviews, both related to the subject. The first may involve a historical source to read 15 minutes prior to interview.

Find out more

Department of ASNC website

University website ASNC Course page

Skype interviews may be considered for international applicants on a case-by-case basis in certain subjects. If you wish to enquire further, please contact the Admissions Office (