Welsh and Politics (BA)

Politics and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine governmental and political theory with the study of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

By combining Welsh and Politics, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening the doors to a variety of career paths. You may find studying a joint honours degree both stimulating and rewarding as you observe similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical context or recent research.

The Welsh course is relevant to contemporary Wales and delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. The course aims to produce graduates with a thorough academic and practical understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, a high level of skill in written and spoken Welsh and well-developed employability and creative skills relevant to modern Wales.

Our Politics programme allows you to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability as well as incorporating international relations.

Modules are varied, allowing you to explore how politics works in Britain and further afield as well as investigate how public policy is made. Other strands of work discuss justice, democracy, human rights and international relations; providing you with a broad understanding of politics tailored to your own particular needs.

This degree aims to provide you with an excellent understanding of politics and government while also equipping you with associated intellectual and communications skills that will be of value whether you work in government or in the private or voluntary sectors.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • the opportunity to follow a degree course that develops skills relevant to both the academic world and the workplace
  • a core module which focuses on employability skills and which offers a period of work experience
  • a range of core and optional modules in Welsh language, literature and culture as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal and career interest
  • the emphasis on practical research skills, that will benefit you throughout your career
  • the emphasis on independent learning in a supportive environment
  • the involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • the experience of being taught by staff who will recognise you as an individual
  • academic links with the National Assembly for Wales via the Welsh Governance Centre and long established relationships with national and international organisations such as the Westminster parliament, European Union and NATO.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 56% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places availableThe School of Welsh typically has 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications.
Typical A level offerBBB including Welsh but excluding General Studies.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWelsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a grade A in the Core and grades BB at A-level, including Welsh.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer30 points overall (to include 6 in one higher level subject). Details of Welsh requirements can be obtained from the School of Welsh.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

You will take 120 credits in all. There are two routes in the first year, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language and the other for students who have studied Welsh as a second language. First-language Welsh students will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Politics, while second-language students will take 80 credits in Welsh and 40 in Politics.

The emphasis in year one Welsh is on developing key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of modules with an appropriate number of contact hours. The School will also provide additional arrangements for second language students to develop and practise their language skills.

Normally, students who have studied A-level Welsh as a second language follow the second-language route, but we will consider your linguistic skills, both oral and written, before deciding which route you will follow.

For the first-language route the core modules are:

  • Iaith ac Ystyr [Language and Meaning]
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd [Author, Text and Reader]
  • Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes [The Welsh Language in Contemporary Wales]

For the second-language route the core modules are:

  • Sgiliau Llafar [Oral Skills]
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg [Using Welsh]
  • Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]

Year one Politics is a foundation year to give you the skills for advanced study and an overview of the subject to inform your later choices. You will take our foundation core modules to lay the groundwork for your study in years two and three.


Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Introduction to Political ThoughtPL919620 credits
Introduction to European IntegrationPL919820 credits
Introduction to GlobalisationPL919720 credits
Introduction to GovernmentPL919920 credits
Introduction to International RelationsPL919520 credits
Introduction to Political SciencePL919420 credits
Y Da, Drwg a'r Gwleidyddol - The Good, the Bad and the PoliticalPL919320 credits
Astudio LlenyddiaethCY150620 credits
Y Gymraeg HeddiwCY150820 credits
Iaith ac YstyrCY160020 credits
Awdur, Testun a DarllenyddCY160120 credits
Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru GyfoesCY160220 credits

Year two

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Politics.

In year two Welsh, you will build on the skills and knowledge acquired in year one. The core linguistic elements of the course focus on language skills within both an academic and a vocational context, and include a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis.

Alongside these core elements, the Welsh course offers optional modules in years two and three in Welsh language, literature and culture, including several with direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation.

You will also take optional modules from our range of politics and international relations options.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
International Security - Concepts and IssuesPL928820 credits
Politics and Policies of the European UnionPL929020 credits
Conducting Political ResearchPL929620 credits
International Law in a Changing WorldPL929920 credits
British Politics since 1945PL928720 credits
Credoau'r CymryPL928620 credits
Political Thought from Marx to NietzschePL929320 credits
O'r Groegiaid i GymruPL928520 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Colonialism, GPE and DevelopmentPL922220 credits
Gender, Sex and DeathPL922020 credits
Global GovernancePL922420 credits
Digital Technologies and Global PoliticsPL922320 credits
International Relations of the Cold WarPL922120 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Politics.

In Welsh it is compulsory to choose one of the following modules:

  • Blas ar Ymchwil [Research Taster]
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig [Extended Research]

You have a choice of an essay or project of 4,000 words (20 credits) or 8,000 words (40 credits), to be completed under the direction of a member of staff who is an expert in the relevant field. This may lead to further research or provide an effective showcase for potential employers. You will also choose more optional modules.

You will take 60 credits in optional year three politics modules, including the option of writing a dissertation.  Our final year dissertation module gives you the option to write a dissertation and engage more deeply with a chosen topic area, as well as extending your research and analytical skills.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Elections in the UKPL938720 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL938820 credits
International Relations DissertationPL938520 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruPL937820 credits
Blas ar YmchwilCY390020 credits
Ymchwilio EstynedigCY390540 credits
The Limits of Ethics in International RelationsPL937620 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits
The History of Thought in International RelationsPL931120 credits
Free Speech in a Multicultural SocietyPL931420 credits
Devolution in Practice: Welsh Law and Politics Work PlacementPL931020 credits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Bombs, bullets and ballot-boxes: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969 to 1998PL932420 credits
International Politics in the Nuclear AgePL932020 credits
Africa in International Thought and Practice: Colonialism, Anticolonialism, PostcolonialismPL932120 credits
Intelligence in Contemporary Politics: Bond, Bourne and the Business of SpyingPL932320 credits
Global Environmental PoliticsPL932220 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.

You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations. For Welsh, there is also an important role to be played by tutorials, workshops and language classes (especially for students following the second language route).

All modules in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh. Politics and International Relations provide opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Seminar teaching in Welsh is available in modules in each of Years 1, 2 and 3.  Students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh. 

How will I be supported?

As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor in each course, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.


We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback in lectures and seminars, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • hone linguistic skills and a broad appreciation of the culture, literature and history of Italian and Italian-speaking countries
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

School of Welsh

The demand for Welsh speakers means that a degree in Welsh can be highly valuable for jobs and roles that require bilingual speakers. Many of our graduates are now following careers in areas such as law, politics, media, performing arts, administration and education, or engaged in postgraduate study.

In 2013/14, 100% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

School of Law and Politics

In 2013/14, 96% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.

The degree is also of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within Ernst & Young, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will not need any specific equipment.

Year two includes a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis. This period of work experience is part of a programme of events designed to focus on developing employability and career skills.

Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.