Centre for the Study of the Viking Age


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The School of English offers a range of modules in Norse and Viking Studies at all levels from first-year subsidiary modules to master’s programmes, both on-site and by distance learning.

Many of these can be combined with modules in closely-related subject areas such as Early Medieval English and Name-Studies.

Nottingham is one of the few universities in the country with a recognised reputation for research and teaching in Viking Studies.

PhD and MRes

We have a number of experts in the CSVA who are interested to hear from potential research students with a view to supervising their topics. 

Before submitting an application we recommend you discuss your proposal with one of our academic staff. They will be able to advise on writing your application and sources of funding.

Full details of the content and structure of our PhD and MRes are on the prospectus:

English PhDMedieval languages and literature MRes

Find out about the facilities and support available to our PhD researchers:

School of English PhD students

We have a strong track record of successfully supervising candidates to completion:

Graduate profiles


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Modules on the Viking Age are available to students on a wide range of MA programmes but are mainly aimed at students on the MA in Viking and Early Medieval English Studies (available from 2022).

This MA is a unique opportunity to study the language, literature and culture of Britain in the first millennium, along with its Scandinavian links, in a truly interdisciplinary way. Typically students can learn both Old Norse and Old English, and then develop their interests in language, literature, place-names, or runology, or consider themes of religious transformation, the interplay between the Anglo-Saxons and Viking immigrants, and the inherited cultures of the English and Scandinavians in the Early Middle Ages. (The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.)

See our prospectus for full details of our Masters programmes:

English Studies MA

Find out more about the opportunities for Masters students in the School of English:

School of English Masters students


Our English BA course has dedicated modules in Norse and Viking Studies at all levels, giving students access to the developing body of knowledge of the Viking Age and its perception in medieval Scandinavia and Britain. Some modules may include field trips to relevant sites.

English BA

There are a wealth of opportunities and support for our undergraduate students:

School of English undergradute students


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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