Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

Number of students per year: 1 - 2 

Typical offer:  A*AA at A-level, or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please click here.

Essential subjects: None.

Useful subjects: The ASNC department suggests studying essay-based arts and humanities subjects such as History, English Language or Literature, and modern or ancient languages.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Clare 

The Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Tripos is concerned with the history, material culture, languages and literatures of the different peoples of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia, mainly in the earlier medieval period.

Clare has a tradition of taking one or two ASNCs a year if possible. The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic is one of the smallest and friendliest departments in the University - there are currently about 75 undergraduates.

The department of ASNC is an integral part of the Faculty of English, which is one of the biggest faculties in the University. All teaching in ASNC takes places in the English Faculty building on West Road. In addition to the college library, the main ASNC collections are in the English Faculty Library and the University Library, both of which are conveniently close to the college.

You will have the opportunity to study a variety of subjects, many of which you may not have encountered before, and can enjoy the pleasure of breaking new ground for yourself. Subjects you may study include medieval languages and literature, ranging from some of the grandest epic, heroic and mythological poetry to the great prose literature of Ireland, England, Wales, and Iceland. 

Key people


Professor Paul Russell

Director of Studies & Professor of Celtic

Professor Russell's academic interests include Celtic philology and linguistics; Medieval Welsh and Irish language and literature; especially learned and functional texts; Irish glossaries and related texts; early Welsh orthography; Old Welsh and Old Breton glossed texts; Middle Welsh translation texts; medieval Welsh law; Latin texts from medieval Wales; history of Celtic scholarship.