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Welsh and Celtic Studies (MA) / Astudiaethau Cymraeg a Cheltaidd

Course Description

This new degree offers an opportunity to explore various aspects of Welsh and Celtic Studies and earn a Masters-level qualification. The content of the degree will be tailored to your own research interests and the expertise offered by the School of Welsh.

This MA degree uses many different methods of teaching and learning. During your degree you will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, complete practical tasks and complete extended pieces of independent work under your tutor’s supervision.

In Part 1, students will follow three core modules and complete the following assessments:

* Academic and Professional Research (40 credits) - presenting a seminar paper, work experience and planning a research project
* 1 subject of your choice related to Welsh and Celtic Studies (40 credits) - critical review (2,000 words) + essay (6,000 words)
* 1 subject of your choice related to Welsh and Celtic Studies (40 credits) - essay (8,000 words)

In Part 2, students will work on an extended research project (60 credits) and complete a dissertation (12,000 words).

The research interests and expertise of the School’s academic staff span many fields related to Welsh and Celtic studies, in both the medieval and modern period. Staff research particularly focuses on fields related to language policy and planning, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, sociology of the Irish language, performance theory, tales of the Mabinogion, theory and methodology related to translation, textual criticism, Welsh poetry of the Middle Ages, historiography and literature, ethnology and folk studies, religion and culture, creative writing, the Welsh colony in Patagonia and the Welsh in America, the hymn, the ballad and the folk song, children’s literature, gender studies, literary theory and criticism, identity, ethnicity and multiculturalism. Great emphasis is set on placing all the School’s academic research into a comparative international context.

Visit the Welsh and Celtic Studies (MA) / Astudiaethau Cymraeg a Cheltaidd page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Angharad Blythe (MA Welsh and Creative Writing)

"Cardiff University was the natural choice for me, primarily because the School of Welsh is an ideal place to study the language's literature. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of studying here as an undergraduate and knew that the School was friendly and that it had some of the best tutors in the field."

(Student Profile)

Caroline Walters (Welsh)

I realised when writing my Masters thesis that I enjoyed the challenge of undertaking academic research, and wanted to pursue my area of interest – language policy research – in greater depth. The School of Welsh specialises in this area and it was a natural choice for me. I intend to pursue a career in minority language planning, and hope that my work will ultimately feed into related policy decisions.


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


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


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject.Students are expected to satisfy the School with regards to the standard of their Welsh and/or English, as appropriate. Students whose oral or written Welsh is not fluent will have the opportunity to follow Welsh beginners or improvers classes.

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