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Course summary

This MRes combines specialist taught modules with the opportunity to complete a substantial research project of your choice. You will be guided by our research active staff, who are specialists in the areas of:

  • the Viking World
  • Runology
  • Name Studies
  • Old English and Old Norse Language and Literature
  • Middle English and Older Scots Language and Literature
  • Book History
  • Material Culture
There are opportunities for original archival research through our collections, which include important Medieval manuscripts and archives, including the:
  • Eiríkur Benedikz collection of Icelandic literature
  • Wollaton Antiphonal
  • medieval manuscripts from the Wollaton Library Collection
You are also welcome to join the activities and events of our research centres, which include the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, the Centre for Regional Literature and Culture and Institute for Name-Studies, and the Institute for Medieval Research. You will also have access to the University of Nottingham Researcher Academy. This will provide you with a network of researchers and staff to support you during your PhD, as well as training, placement and travel opportunities.


This course is made up of 180 credits. As a full-time student you will complete 60 credits of taught modules in a year, and a 120-credit, 25,000 word dissertation during the summer. For the dissertation, you will be supervised by two academic members of staff with expertise in your chosen field. As a part-time student you will complete your 180 credits over two years. You will complete the taught component of the programme in the first year of study. Part-time students are expected to complete the 25,000 word dissertation during the second year of their study. You have a choice of two pathways offering different taught modules; this allows you to tailor your studies, depending on whether you are most interested in the early or late medieval topics. Both pathways end with a 120-credit dissertation.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts or humanities subject

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Medieval Languages and Literatures MRes at University of Nottingham - UCAS