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Early Celtic Studies MA


Course Description

Develop a critical understanding of the Celtic world in this interdisciplinary programme drawing on archaeological, historical, literary and mythological sources.

Studying in a modern Celtic capital with experts from Archaeology, English, History and Welsh, you are additionally well-placed to access key specialist collections and western Britain’s major Celtic sites.

You will be able to critically assess the work of others and of your own, to engage effectively in debate at an advanced level, to plan, design and carry out a coherent research strategy, and to produce detailed and coherent reports and presentations.

The wide-range of non-transferable skills acquired are a particular strength for the pursuit of careers outside of archaeology and the heritage sector.

You will develop a critical understanding of people to whom the term Celtic has been applied, from the earliest European evidence through to the historical and literary evidence of early medieval Britain.

Distinctive features:

• Detailed concentration on the Celtic world.
• Literary, historical and archaeological approaches.
• Opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches.
• Expert supervision of dissertation topics.
• You may have the opportunity to build on your existing skill-set through participation in projects and excavations.
• Specialist library facilities.
• Cardiff's location in western Britain makes it geographically central to much of the material under discussion.

Structure

You take a total of 180 credits of modules over one year (full-time) or three years (part-time) consisting of:

• core skill modules (40 credits)
• your choice of option modules (80 credits)
• dissertation (60 credits)

Following successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation (60 credits).

For this element of the programme you research and write your 20,000 words on a subject of your choice, approved in consultation with academic staff.

Core modules:

Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation
Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study
Dissertation

Optional modules:

Pwnc Arbennig 1 / Special Subject 1
Pwnc Arbennig 2 / Special Subject 2
Special Period/ Topic Study 1
Special Period/ Topic Study 2
Later Prehistory of Britain
Post-Roman Britain and Ireland
The Early Celts
Celtic Mythology and Religion

Teaching

You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures and tutorials (depending on modules chosen).

On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme you will progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).

Teaching is through the medium of English though there are many opportunities to learn Welsh.

Assessment

Taught stage assessment is via essays, presentation and coursework. As part of the programme, you will deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

Career prospects

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have embarked on careers in a range of professions from academia, the heritage sector, journalism and law to media research (media, commercial, academic), teaching and publishing. A significant number choose to continue studies at PhD level.

Recent graduate destinations include CADW, Church in Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Glamorgan Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Tate Gallery, Welsh Assembly Government and a range of universities in the UK and overseas.

Visit the Early Celtic Studies MA page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Anthony Livuza (MA Journalism Studies)

“Cardiff University was a natural choice for me when I was awarded a Chevening Scholarship and I was impressed by the passionate commitment of staff to teaching excellence and by the personal attention to student needs. The Master’s course was intensive and demanding, yet very stimulating and enriching. It has comprehensively prepared me for research across the broad spectrum of media and communication.”

(Student Profile)

Casmir Igbokwe (MA International Journalism)

The day I entered the classroom I was amazed by the
facilities here; accessing the internet, online journals and
library was easy any time of day or night. The lecturers are
world-class and down-to-earth – I am getting used to calling
them by their first names. Sometimes we mix outside
School which cushions the serious academic work we do.
I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of cultures at
Cardiff. The house where I live is a mini United Nations. We
live like a family, sharing many things in common, dining out
and looking after each other. I enjoy luxuries at Cardiff that
I’d never experience in my country, Nigeria. After my
studies, I hope to go back to preach institutionalizing some
of these values in my country. By then, hopefully, I will have
ascended higher in my career as a journalist.

(Student Profile)

Effie Ansah (MA International Public Relations)

"I chose Cardiff mainly for three reasons. It was the only British university offering a Master’s degree in International Public Relations. Cardiff also ranked 7th in the top 100 universities in UK at the time. The Dean of Studies at my undergraduate university in Ghana also recommended Cardiff and JOMEC (the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) in particular.

I found the MA International Public Relations course to be a thoroughly exciting learning experience. The tutors are world-class professionals and tuition is highly practical and very relevant to the PR profession; the pitches and case studies were real issues of the day and very relevant globally. Each assignment offered a new challenge and added to the learning curve.

Every one of the MAIPR classes was like a miniature UN session - my classmates came from all over the world. I made wonderful friends and learned a great deal about different cultures in a short space of time. It has been a fantastic learning experience."

(Student Profile)

Kaisa Pankakoski (MA International Journalism)

“My experience at Cardiff University has been a very positive one. Even though my MA course was hard work, it has been extremely beneficial and I feel confident that after completing my dissertation I will have the skills to launch a successful career in journalism. I always felt welcome during my time in the University and tutors’ doors were open at all times if I needed a chat concerning my studies. Another advantage was the great cultural variety and friendly atmosphere - my class consisted of people from all over the world!”

(Student Profile)

Shelley J. Thompson (MA in Journalism Studies)

Cardiff University offered everything I was looking for in a master’s degree programme and more. As a professional journalist, I looked for an academic degree that would enable me to reflect on my practice and that of my colleagues around the world. The journalism studies degree was a perfect fit for that reason.

It was also important for me to attend a university that prioritises research. The JOMEC faculty members have conducted excellent research and are leaders in the journalism studies field. We learn from the best academics in the world, however, they always remain accessible to the students. Individual modules expose students to the evolving field of journalism studies and provide an excellent foundation for the students’ research projects.

Finally, Cardiff University and JOMEC in particular offer a diverse staff and student body from which to learn. Here, I have met people who taught me not only about how journalism is practiced in countries around the world, but also about their individual cultures. The experience has been rich in ways I could not have imagined. When I leave Cardiff University, I will not only have a master’s degree but lasting friendships that span the globe.


(Scholarship)

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000

Eligibility


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships



Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess a higher education degree with a first or good upper second class Honours (UK) in Archaeology, History, Welsh or related arts and social science disciplines, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent to this. Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be expected to obtain a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall.

Last Updated

29 June 2017

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