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Welsh and Celtic Studies (Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd) (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-2 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
27 September 2021

Program description

Welsh and Celtic Studies (Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd) (Taught)

Taught through the medium of English and/ or Welsh, the program is tailored to your own needs and interests.

Key themes include medieval and modern literature, creative writing, sociolinguistics, translation, identity, folklore/ ethnological studies, and language planning and policy.

The MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies offers you the chance to explore the relationship between literature, language, culture and identity across the centuries. From medieval literature to contemporary language planning and policy, the exact content of the course will be tailored to suit your individual research interests and based on our areas of expertise.

The areas of research that we offer and which are available to you include: creative writing through the medium of Welsh, language policy and planning, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, performance theory, medieval and modern prose and poetry, translation theory and methodology, ethnology and folk studies, creative writing, children’s literature, gender studies and literary theory and criticism. Great emphasis is set on placing the School’s academic research within a comparative international context.

Working with leading experts in these fields will allow you to develop advanced academic skills in your chosen area of study and undertake original research. Examples of ground-breaking MA research in recent years include linguistic landscape mapping, creative literary criticism, intertextuality and medieval Welsh literature, and digital technologies and minority languages.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

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Admission requirements

All candidates who have met the minimum entry requirements will be invited to discuss their application further. However, this discussion will not form a formal part of the selection process. Selection will be made based on the application form and supporting documentation. If further clarification is needed with regards to the application, you will be invited to a formal interview.

You should have a first or upper second-class UK honours degree or alternative international qualification in an appropriate subject. Applications are particularly welcomed from students from a wide range of backgrounds, including Welsh, Celtic Studies, History, Geography, Archaeology, Languages, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Sociology, and Welsh Creative Writing.

If your first language is not Welsh or English you will normally have to satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. You are expected to satisfy the School with regards to the standard of your Welsh and/or English, as appropriate. If your oral or written Welsh is not fluent you will have the opportunity to follow Welsh beginners or improvers classes.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

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Tuition fees

Full-Time Tuition fee

  • UK and EU students: £7,950
  • Students from outside the EU: £17,450

Part-Time Tuition fee

  • UK and EU students: £3,975
  • Students from outside the EU: £7,950


What skills will I practise and develop?

This degree program will enable you to:

  • Show, on a high level, knowledge and understanding in fields related to Welsh and Celtic Studies.
  • Appreciate scholarly criticism as an essential element for intellectual research.
  • Communicate coherent and intelligent arguments related to Welsh and Celtic studies in seminars and in written assignments.
  • Engage with a wide range of bibliographical, manuscript, archival and electronic sources.
  • Write and present work of a high standard in an appropriate style.
  • Use information technology to enhance your research.
  • Produce research following recognised academic and professional practices.
  • Show the necessary skills for further research (such as a PhD) and for positions in a wide range of contexts by developing transferrable skills, including the ability to communicate both orally and in writing, to practise information technology skills, to come to reasonable conclusions in complex and uncertain situations, to question and analyse practices and opinions, to adapt to changes, and to react positively to further training and life-long learning.

Career opportunities

This degree offers academic training of the highest standard in Welsh and Celtic Studies to those interested in a career in language, planning, media, heritage, government, management, public relations, marketing, the creative industries, education and research. You will develop knowledge and skills regarded as assets in a wide variety of posts and undertake a work placement as part of the Academic and Professional Skills module.

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