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A vibrant and welcoming community of academics and students committed to the development of language, literature, society, culture and identity in contemporary Wales and internationally.

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Why study with us

Our MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies enables you to explore the relationship between literature, language, culture and identity through an international and interdisciplinary lens. Tailoring the content to your interests and matched with our expertise, you’ll become part of a dynamic, challenging and transformative research and teaching community.


Professional experience

Benefit from opportunities and training which will develop your professional profile and your employability skills.


Research excellence

7th in the UK for research quality (84% of submitted research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent) and achieved 100% for research impact (REF 2014).


Flexible study

Study through the medium of Welsh, English or a combination of the two, and tailor the programme to your interests and ambitions.

Hear from our students

The breadth of positive experiences enjoyed by our postgraduate students varies based upon where they come from, their distinctive interest in the Welsh language and the scope of their ambitions. In these blogs, you can read how our recent graduates Osian and Emma created their own unique degree experiences.

Meet Adam

Originally from the USA, Adam Barnett chose to study at the School of Welsh because of the flexibility of the MA programme, the opportunity to learn Welsh and the attractions of the capital city.

Meet Anna

For Anna Powys, the MA Welsh and Celtic Studies programme was the perfect choice for her, offering an expansive education and considerable flexibility which in turn helped her narrow and focus her research interests. (Video only available in Welsh)

I chose to study the MA Welsh and Celtic Studies programme as it is an exciting, varied and really interesting degree. The thing that I’ve enjoyed most is the opportunity to experience different aspects of the Welsh language as an academic discipline, from literature to linguistics, and from language policy to language sociology. Studying sociolinguistics, and learning about the factors that influence the ways that we all use our language or languages, has made me think differently about the ways I use Welsh and English from day to day.
Osian Morgan MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

Vibrant community

Students on our MA programme come from a range of different backgrounds and often other countries, each bringing with them unique experiences and perspectives which enrich our community. It’s a creative, collaborative and friendly environment in which to live and learn.

Our specialisms and expertise

Studying with us will provide you with an opportunity to engage with a variety of subjects relevant to Welsh, and other languages, including: Welsh literature and literary criticism; children’s literature; sociolinguistics; language acquisition; dialectology; language policy and planning; and translation theory and methodology.

By giving you the opportunity to study specialist subjects, develop projects, and explore the relationship between your research interests and the demands of the workplace, this degree will provide you with the skills and confidence to contribute creatively and practically to our understanding of language and culture. Our emphasis is on responding to contemporary challenges by developing research expertise in Welsh and Celtic studies, enabling you to ask original research questions and offer new insights and perspectives.
Dr Siwan Rosser MA Director

Find out more about our School

We’re based in the John Percival Building on the Cathays Park campus. Minutes from the Students’ Union, and the University’s support services, you can also walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

We’re also located next door to the Arts and Social Sciences library which holds an extensive collection of relevant works and archives, including the Salisbury Collection.

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Funding your studies

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Guaranteed accommodation

All postgraduate students arriving in September are guaranteed a single occupancy room.

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Next steps


MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

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How to apply

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