Welsh and Celtic Studies/Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd (MA)
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
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 the expertise offered at the School of Welsh. This MA will be of particular relevance to those interested in literature, history, folklore, minority languages, sociolinguistics and language planning.
This degree aims to offer academic training of the highest standard in Welsh and Celtic Studies to students interested in a career in language, planning, media, heritage, government, teaching, management and research.
Who is this Programme for?
For those with a degree in subjects related to language, literature, history, geography or ethnology and an interest in Welsh, Celtic and other minority cultures. We will also consider applications from non-graduates, depending on experience or other qualifications.
The School of Welsh welcomes applications from students with a disability: we will offer alternative assessment methods in some cases.
This course may be studied through the medium of Welsh or English or bilingually.
This programme provides the opportunity for you to:
- Work with leading experts in Welsh and Celtic literature, culture and language in Wales’s capital city.
- Develop an understanding of minority-language cultural and linguistic issues that can be related to other international contexts.
- Gain research and professional transferable skills of the highest quality.Experience working at one of Cardiff’s cultural, educational, commercial or political institutions integrated as part of the MA’s work placement programme.
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. As a result, whilst the module on Academic and Professional Research (40 credits) has a set curriculum, the other modules are developed according to the student’s interests and the expertise of the staff at the School of Welsh.
Areas of research at the School include: 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, creative writing (in Welsh), identity, ethnicity and multiculturalism. Great emphasis is set on placing all the School’s academic research into a comparative international context.
The aim of the programme is to develop the highest standard of academic skills that will enable students to produce in-depth research into their chosen fields of study.
The core module on Academic and Professional Research (40 credits) will provide an introduction and analysis of the key attributes of contemporary scholarship (research methods, ethics, communication, information and digital literacy).
The 2 subjects of your choice related to Welsh and Celtic Studies (2x40 credits) will allow you to apply those attributes in relation to specific areas of research within Welsh and Celtic Studies. You will work with leading scholars on Welsh and Celtic literature and language to explore your chosen field and will present your findings in traditional essays, creative writing portfolios, seminar papers and reflective reports as appropriate.
The pinnacle of the course will be the Extended Research Project (60 credits) where you will, under the supervision of a member of staff at the School, formulate and explore original research questions that will allow you to produce an insightful and rigorous dissertation or project (up to 12,000 words) that will enhance contemporary scholarship on Welsh and Celtic Studies.
In Part 1, students will follow three core modules and complete the following assessments:
- Academic and Professional Research (40 credits) - seminar paper presentation, work experience report and research project outline
- 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).
Full-time students will be expected to attend approx. 4-6 hrs of teaching sessions a week during both semesters (approx. 2-4hrs for part-time students).
This MA degree uses many different methods of teaching and learning. During your degree you will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, complete practical tasks, undertake a work placement and complete extended pieces of independent work under your tutor’s supervision.
Resources and Facilities
Students will work closely with academic researchers at the School of Welsh who will share their expertise and knowledge through small-group teaching. Furthermore, Cardiff University library has a specific collection of printed and manuscript materials relating to many aspects of Welsh and Celtic Studies in its Salisbury Collection.
Cardiff, as capital city of Wales, has important museums and archives that welcome reserachers from the School of Welsh, such as National Museum Wales and Glamogran Archives. Staff at the School of Welsh have also produced pioneering digital archives that will benefit students, such as the Ann Griffiths Archive and Ballads websites.
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.
More information on research within the School can be found via the two Research Themes below.
Literature and Culture
- Prof Sioned Davies (medieval prose, translation, narrative and performance)
- Prof E. Wyn James (literature, religion and culture since the 18th century, Wales and America)
- Dr Dylan Foster Evans (medieval poetry)
- Dr Llyr Gwyn Lewis (modern literature, creative writing)
- Dr Rhiannon Marks (modern literature, critical theory, women’s writing)
- Dr Llion Pryderi Roberts (modern literature, creative writing, biographical writing)
- Dr Siwan Rosser (early-modern literature, children’s literature, women’s writing)
Language and Society
- Prof Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost (linguistic minorites, language planning)
- Dr Jeremy Evas (language and technology, language planning, second-language acquisition)
- Dr Jonathan Morris (sociolinguistics and bilingualism)
- Dr Iwan Wyn Rees (dialectology, the historical development of the Welsh language)
- Dr Dylan Foster Evans (Cardiff and the Welsh language)
A full list of staff profiles can be found on the Academic Staff pages of the School website.
This MA programme is innovative in its use of a variety of methods of assessment. As well as developing essential research and essay/dissertation-writing skills, you will give a 15 minute seminar presentation on an area of your research, undertake a period of work placement (and produce a reflective report of the experience in the context of your academic and professional skills and career plans), and form a detailed research proposal (for the extended research project).
The main assessment periods will be at the end of the Autumn Semester (January) and the end of the Spring Semester (April/May).
During Part 1 (the taught component), students will complete written assignments of 8,000 words for each taught module.
Students will also attend 5 supervisory sessions during Part 2 and submit their Extended Research Project 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) following initial enrolement.
This degree programme 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
- 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.
This degree programme will enable you to develop a number of valuable skills. These include the following skills: communicate and present information, ideas and arguments (orally and in writing); using information technology (including databases, the web, etc.); developing interpersonal skills; managing your own learning (including time management); showing commitment to continuous learning and development. Through the special subject and the extended research project you will gain confidence in working independently and gain experience using a wide range of practical research skills. Sessions with a supervisor will enable you to develop thorough discussion skills and to develop original ideas.
This degree develops knowledge and skills regarded as assets in a wide variety of posts, including the heritage industry, publishing, journalism and the media, marketing and public relations, education, translation, libraries, archives and museums, politics and the civil service. A period spent on work experience in a workplace is part of the module ‘Academic and Professional Development’.
'The course has helped me improve my research skills and will give a solid foundation to my future career.'
Laura, MA Welsh and Celtic Studies/Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd
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'The structure and nature of the MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies appealed greatly to me, especially the flexibility of the course. It enables to me to combine my academic interests in various aspects of language and literature.
'I am currently looking at language policy in the field of education, whilst next term I’ll be studying medieval poetry. I feel that the course has helped me improve my research skills and will give a solid foundation for a career in future.'
Laura, MA Welsh and Celtic Studies/Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, 2014-15
'I have been able to focus on the works that most captivate me, under the expert tutelage of the department’s academics.'
Joseph, MA Welsh and Celtic Studies/Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, 2014-15
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'I’m originally from New York and my interest in medieval Welsh literature guided my decision to pursue the MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies at Cardiff University’s School of Welsh.
'The facilities of the university and the faculty within the department have contributed to what I believe has been the most rewarding academic experience of my life. This is largely due to the structure of the course: students are afforded the opportunity to guide the primary taught component of the course based on the topics they are interested in pursuing.
'Rather than being forced to study a group of set texts I have been able to focus on the works that most captivate me, under the expert tutelage of the department’s academics, which has resulted in an altogether more engaging education experience.
Joseph, MA Welsh and Celtic Studies/Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, 2014-15
Applicants 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.
Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. 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.
Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year on the basis of your written application and the references received. There is no formal deadline for applications to this programme.
School of Welsh offers a number of bursaries, including the Celia Thomas, Glyn & May Ashton and Islwyn funds. These are open to UK, EU and International students. Details of these can be found via the Funding pages of the School website.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September each year
Name: Ceren Roberts
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5659
Name: Dr. Siwan Rosser
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 76287