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Welsh Writing in English (MA Literary Studies)

Course Description

The Aberystwyth MA in Literary Studies pathway in Welsh Writing in English offers students a dynamic engagement with the anglophone literature of Wales in its various cultural contexts. By familiarizing you with critical debates and theory related to this distinguished body of writing, you will acquire the necessary skills to conduct your own independent research. Our enthusiastic and committed staff will guide your studies. Aberystwyth is at the heart of new developments in the study of Welsh Writing in English, and students on this MA will be ideally placed to engage with the major preoccupations of this vibrant literary tradition. You will also have free access to both the University’s superb library and information technology resources and to the unrivalled collections of the National Library of Wales.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/literary-studies-welsh-writing-in-english-masters/

- Assessment:
Assessment takes the form of: a research proposal, including a related bibliographic element; a case study; examined oral presentations; and 6,000-word assignments. In their third semester, each student will complete a MA Dissertation of 15,000 words which deals specifically with an area of Welsh Writing in English. 


You will study two core modules together with two option modules. Specialist MA modules in Welsh writing in English provide a rigorous and detailed interrogation of developments in the field. The course covers a range of research preparation skills including exploiting library resources, using electronic journals and other IT skills, building a bibliography, researching and writing a proposal, structuring a dissertation, developing and sustaining an argument, footnotes and referencing, and oral presentation skills. The course will also ask you to engage with different kinds of 'textuality', or aspects of the literary text, which need to be taken into account in the study of literature at postgraduate level and beyond.

An important part of the course is the writing of a 15,000-word Dissertation in the field of Welsh Writing in English that is of most particular interest to you. Aberystwyth University takes great care in assigning students a supervisor whose interests will be matched as closely as possible to your own.

The department has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It found that 97% of research assessed was found to be of international standing or higher.

- Application Details
In addition to completing the standard University application package (How to apply), candidates are asked by the Department to supply the following supplementary documents:

1. A letter of application (1 side of A4) that explains why you want to enrol on the Literary Studies (or the particular Literary Studies pathway) MA. It should include a brief account of your academic study to date, touching on relevant literary/critical issues as appropriate – you might mention, for example, the authors to whose work you are particularly drawn, the topics and ideas that are of special significance to you, and the methodologies you have found particularly valuable in your encounter with literary works. The account will be important in helping us to arrive at a decision about your general suitability for the programme.

2. A representative sample of critical work, written during the past three years, of no more than 3000 words. You are allowed to send work submitted as part of a previous degree.


Qualification: MA in Literary Studies, pathway in Welsh Writing in English

This degree will suit you...
- If you have a specific interest in Welsh Writing in English
- If you want a rigorous training for future work as a researcher
- If you want to develop your literary research skills
- If you are interested in the theoretical and historical debates behind literary studies

- Employability:
The MA in Literary Studies, pathway in Welsh Writing in English writing provides you with both an in-depth knowledge of Welsh Writing in English and key transferrable skills. Thus it provides a natural entry for further academic study for a PhD and to a range of employment opportunities. Specialist modules on research techniques, presentation, analysis, professional standards of writing and oral presentations provide you with core skills that are highly valued by a diverse range of employers. The creative industries are an increasingly important part of the modern economy and this degree is an excellent stepping stone to a career in a broad range of fields in the arts, literature, journalism and many more.

- Key Skills and Competencies:
Study Skills
You will learn how to gain access to the relevant literature and materials in this field and how to use them in critical discussion of the issues covered by this subject and in relation to your own specific needs. Practical advice is given in research methods and sources.

The ability to quickly assemble, assimilate, interpret and present a broad range of information is a skill which is keenly sought by many employers from the civil service to journalism, to industry and commerce.

- Self-Motivation and discipline:
Studying at MA level is a very disciplined process. You will be guided and aided by expert University staff, but you will be expected to conduct your own scholarly research and work independently. The final Dissertation in particular teaches you how to employ your own skills and knowledge to produce high standards of work. The practice of self-motivation and discipline will prepare you for what will be expected in the working world.

- Transferable Skills
The MA in Literary Studies, pathway in Welsh Writing in English provides you with key skills which are transferable to all areas of employment. When you graduate you will be able to structure and communicate ideas efficiently, write for and speak to a range of audiences, evaluate and organize information, work effectively with others, work within timeframes and to specific deadlines.

Find out how to apply here http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/literary-studies-welsh-writing-in-english-masters/#how-to-apply

Visit the Welsh Writing in English (MA Literary Studies) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU £5,600, International £11,250

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