A 33 MeV tritium beam was used to induce the 51V(t, d) 52V reaction. Angular distributions of the differential cross sections were measured for 51 deuteron groups up to 6.5 MeV excitation energy in 52V. A further 14 states were identified below 10.7 MeV excitation. DWBA analyses of the results were employed to deduce angular momenta of the transferred neutron and the corresponding spectroscopic strengths. Shell-model calculations performed in the 0p-0h space give good descriptions of the experimental data.