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Welsh and Celtic Studies (MA)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

Join us to explore Welsh literature, language and culture through an international and interdisciplinary lens.

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International application

Develop an understanding of minority-language cultural and linguistic issues that can be related to other international contexts.

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Expert-led

Work with leading, and research-active, experts in Welsh and Celtic literature, culture and language.

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Professional experience

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

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Flexible study

Choose to study through the medium of Welsh, English or bilingually, and tailor the programme to your interests.

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 based on our areas of expertise.

The areas of research that we offer and which are available to you include: creative writing through the medium of Welsh, language policy and planning, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, performance theory, medieval and modern prose and poetry, translation theory and methodology, ethnology and folk studies, creative writing, children’s literature, gender studies and literary theory and criticism. Great emphasis is set on placing the School’s academic research within a comparative international context.

Working with leading experts in these fields will allow you to develop advanced academic skills in your chosen area of study and undertake original research. Examples of ground-breaking MA research in recent years include linguistic landscape mapping, creative literary criticism, intertextuality and medieval Welsh literature, and digital technologies and minority languages.

“What I’ve enjoyed most has been the opportunity to experience different aspects of Welsh as a discipline, from literature to language, and language policy to language sociology. I have to confess that many of these fields were unfamiliar to me but by being introduced to the diversity of the subject area I have discovered and researched new areas of interest that I would never have known about before starting at the School.”
Osian Morgan, MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

Where you'll study

School of Welsh

We are committed to the development of language, society and identity in contemporary Wales through teaching and research of the highest standard.

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Admissions criteria

All candidates who have met the minimum entry requirements will be invited to discuss their application further. However, this discussion will not form a formal part of the selection process. Selection will be made based on the application form and supporting documentation. If further clarification is needed with regards to the application, you will be invited to a formal interview.

You 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.

If your first language is not Welsh or English you will normally have to satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. You are expected to satisfy the School with regards to the standard of your Welsh and/or English, as appropriate. If your oral or written Welsh is not fluent will have the opportunity to follow Welsh beginners or improvers classes.

We will consider non-standard applications on a case by case basis. Please contact us directly.

Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year based on your application form and the references received. There is no formal deadline for applications to this programme.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

This is a 12-month full-time MA programme.

The core module will provide an introduction and analysis of the key attributes of contemporary scholarship (research methods, ethics, communication, information and digital literacy).

The two special subjects you select 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 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, 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.

As a full-time student you will be expected to attend approximately 4-6 hrs of teaching sessions a week during both semesters.

 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

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.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

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.

The learning sessions will be interactive and practical and you are therefore expected to attend every class (be they workshops, seminars, tutorials, lectures or other sessions). In some cases, for example maternity or disability, we may make alternative arrangements for you.

Resources and Facilities

You will work closely with academic researchers within the School 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 researchers from the School, such as National Museum Wales and Glamorgan Archives. Our staff have also produced pioneering digital archives that will be of benefit to you, such as the Ann Griffiths Archive and Ballads websites.

The research interests and expertise of our 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, creative writing, the Welsh colony in Patagonia and the Welsh in America, 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 of our academic research within a comparative international context.

A full list of staff profiles can be found on the Academic Staff pages of our website.

How will I be assessed?

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).

In part one, you 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

Special Subject 1 (a subject of your choice related to Welsh and Celtic Studies) (40 credits) - critical review (2,000 words) + essay (6,000 words)

Special Subject 2 (a subject of your choice related to Welsh and Celtic Studies) (40 credits) - essay (8,000 words)

In Part 2, you will work on an extended research project (60 credits) and complete a dissertation (12,000 words). This dissertation can take the form of an essay, project or creative portfolio.

How will I be supported?

We are committed to supporting you throughout your studies. You will have a personal tutor and you may turn to him/her throughout your study period to discuss academic issues and to receive guidance and information about a range of other issues. Module leaders will also be on hand to offer subject-specific advice.

As necessary, teaching staff will put material relevant to the modules on Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (Learning Central). There will also be an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress and on the skills you will develop through a section on Learning Central called Personal Development Planning. There, with the assistance of your personal tutor, you will be able to record your achievements in various fields (be they part of the curriculum or not).

You should develop a professional attitude towards your work, including attending personal tutor sessions, checking your email messages regularly and replying to them as needed, being punctual whilst attending classes, and informing us when you are absent. We are committed to supporting you throughout your studies, so should anything be worrying you remember to let us know. We will respect privacy on every occasion.

Cardiff University also has a range of central services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent library and resource centres. If your oral and/or written Welsh is not fluent you will be able to take advantage of our provision for learning and improving Welsh.

Feedback

Small-group and individual tutoring on this MA programme will allow you to benefit from regular informal and formal opportunities for feedback on your work. Constructive feedback given on formative tasks set during the semester will allow you to become familiar with the marking criteria and expected standards before submitting work to be formally assessed. These formative tasks may be oral presentations in seminars, drafts of essays, short written pieces or computer tasks. 

You will receive prompt feedback on all your assessments which may be given orally, in writing or electronically. Feedback will always include specific comments on the work submitted and suggestions for improvement.

What skills will I practise and develop?

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.
  • Use information technology to enhance your research.
  • 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.
Originally from New York, my interest in Welsh literature from the Middle Ages was behind my decision to take the MA Welsh and Celtic Studies at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University. The University’s facilities and the School staff have contributed significantly to what I believe is the most valuable academic experience of my life.
Joseph Shack, MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£7,950None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. The Welsh Government has not yet confirmed fees and funding for EU students starting in 2021/22. We will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£17,450£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

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

No

Careers and placements

This programme offers academic training of the very highest standard in the field of Welsh and Celtic Studies for those who are interested in following a career in fields concerned with language and planning, the media, heritage, government, management, public relations, marketing, the creative industries, teaching, and research. You’ll gain knowledge and nurture skills which are considered assets in a range of different careers. You’ll also benefit from a work placement as part of the Academic and Professional Research module.

Placements

Work experience is a core requirement of the MA programme, forming a part of the Academic and Professional Research module. A five-day placement will allow you to explore how your academic and personal skills relate to the requirements of a professional workplace in an area related to your research. You will write a report to evaluate and reflect on your experience. Previous MA students have undertaken placements with organisations such as the National Assembly of Wales, Glamorgan Archives, translation services, media companies and schools.

“I was fortunate to undertake a work placement which complemented my learning. I worked with an artistic producing company called Adverse Camber, which promotes storytellers across the UK, creating a platform for the development of exciting new performance pieces. I served as a Producing Fellow for its festival, the Leeds Storytelling Takeover, which was an excellent opportunity to explore the possibilities and challenges of the contemporary UK storytelling scene”.
Emma Watkins, MA Welsh and Celtic Studies (Fulbright Scholar)

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

Alumni Discount Pilot Scheme

An alumni discount scheme for all master’s programmes offered by Cardiff Business School and conversion courses in subjects including journalism, geography and planning, and creative writing.

Fieldwork

The research-led teaching on the MA offers you the chance to develop fieldwork skills, where applicable. We provide training in data collection, interpretation and research ethics.

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