Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

CSVA Mission

The Centre advances knowledge and understanding of the languages, literatures, history, and material and visual cultures of the Viking Age and its aftermath, in both Scandinavia and the Viking diaspora, for the benefit of academics, students and the general public.

Public engagement and knowledge exchange with non-academic audiences are important to us, and are based on the high-quality individual and collaborative research carried out by our members. We participate in collaborative projects, publications, conferences, seminars and networks with other academics across Britain and the world, and we train the scholars of the future by offering a Master's course and supervising PhD students.

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Seven people stand in a row in front of a building using their bodies to make the shape of runes

About us

Four people standing by a grave outside a church looking in the direction of the middle figures up- and left-wards pointing finger (photo).

Research projects

Pile of books and journals about the Vikings stacked on top of a stone plinth (photo)


Photograph of two figures in Viking clothes fighting on stage in front of an audience of schoolchildren.

Public engagement

Two young women sit behind a table watching something to the left of the frame


Side shot of a man's face and a sculpted bust inside a glass case facing each other




Impact of the coronavirus on events

As you'll appreciate many events are currently disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. We expect opportunities to run as usual from the academic year 2021/22, although this cannot be guaranteed.

Check back soon to find out about upcoming CSVA events.


  • Jess Treacher receives INS studentship
    Congratulations to Jess Treacher, who has been awarded the INS studentship for the duration of her PhD research which begins next academic year.
  • Josh Neal receives AHRC Midlands3Cities PhD funding
    ?Congratulations to Josh Neal, who will be beginning a PhD project next academic year funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
  • #ShowOff17: The English Showcase in Highlights
    Take a look at all the best moments of this year's (2017) student English Showcase. A huge well done to everybody who took part! #ShowOff17
  • Highlights: PGR Symposium 2017
    On Thursday 11th May, some of our PhD students took up the opportunity to present their research to fellow colleagues and academics. Visit our media gallery to see how the day went. Well done to all our research students who took part and presented at the PGR Symposium!
  • Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize launched
    The English Place-Name Society is delighted to introduce the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize for undergraduate work on place-names. A prize of £250 will be awarded annually for the best submission, and £100 for the runner-up.
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Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: csva@nottingham.ac.uk