• Prospective students are expected to have prior knowledge of Old English at undergraduate level. In exceptional circumstances, those without this knowledge may be admitted to the course, in which case extra language supervision will be provided for the first four weeks of the first semester.
• The course convenor and principal tutor is Dr Richard Marsden but other tutors with expertise in specific areas contribute to the teaching, especially of Old English in History.
The course aims to provide you with:
• a practical understanding of the origins of the Old English language, its development during the Anglo-Saxon period, and its subsequent evolution;
• a detailed knowledge of the literature of Anglo-Saxon England in its early medieval context;
• an informed knowledge of research approaches and methodologies in Old English language and literature;
• and a firm research background for future doctoral research.
Text-work on this course includes a detailed study of Beowulf.
In addition, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules to consolidate further your knowledge of Anglo-Saxon culture and/or to extend your academic experience into related areas of early medieval studies.
Full details about the content of the MA in Old English Studies is available on the School of English Studies website.
This course can be taken over one year, full-time (September to September) or part-time over two to three years.
The programme is organised round two core modules — Old English Texts (I and II) and Old English in History (I and II). These are both taught (in two-hour seminars, in alternate weeks) throughout the autumn and the spring semesters.
All taught modules are assessed by written work of between 3,000 words (for a 15-credit module) and 6,000 words (for a 30-credit module) which is set towards the end of the semester in which the module is taught.
The dissertation module is assessed by written work of 12-15,000 words.