Why study this course
Experience politics in action
Choose a module taught in-conjunction with Westminster which includes teaching by clerks of the House of Commons and study visits.
A thriving community
Make connections through the Welsh Students' Union, Welsh-language halls and the new Welsh-language Academy.
Ideally located with links to cultural, political, heritage and media organisations to help you get ahead.
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.
We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:
BBB-BBC. Must include grade B in Welsh First or Second Language.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
We carefully consider your contextual data (the circumstances in which you've been studying) upon application. Where a grade range is advertised this reflects our typical standard and contextual offers. Eligible students will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range. Where there is no grade range advertised you will usually receive additional points in the selection process. Learn about eligible courses and how contextual data is applied.
31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects. You must also have a Welsh Language qualification equivalent to grade B at A-level.
From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other qualifications from inside the UK
DM in a BTEC Diploma in Humanities or Social Science subjects and grade B in A-level Welsh First or Second Language.
Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.
Additional entry requirements
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
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.
Course specific equipment
You will not need any specific equipment.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
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 2023/2024 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
You will take 120 credits in total, equally split between 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Politics.
The emphasis in year one 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.
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 Iaith [Language Skills]
- Sgiliau Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature Skills]
- 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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Sgiliau Astudio Llenyddiaeth||CY1513||20 credits|
|Sgiliau Iaith||CY1515||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg Heddiw||CY1516||20 credits|
|Iaith ac Ystyr||CY1600||20 credits|
|Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd||CY1601||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes||CY1602||20 credits|
|Y Da, Drwg a'r Gwleidyddol: The Good, the Bad and the Political||PL9193||20 credits|
|Introduction to Political Science||PL9194||20 credits|
|Introduction to International Relations||PL9195||20 credits|
|Introduction to Political Thought||PL9196||20 credits|
|Introduction to Globalisation||PL9197||20 credits|
|Introduction to European Integration||PL9198||20 credits|
|Introduction to Government||PL9199||20 credits|
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Yr Iaith ar Waith||CY2205||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Dafydd ap Gwilym||CY2105||20 credits|
|Sgiliau Academaidd Uwch||CY2210||20 credits|
|Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar||CY2410||20 credits|
|Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith||CY2610||20 credits|
|Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990||CY2810||20 credits|
|Caffael Iaith||CY2910||20 credits|
|Gender, Sex and Death||PL9220||20 credits|
|International Relations of the Cold War||PL9221||20 credits|
|Colonialism, GPE and Development||PL9222||20 credits|
|Digital Technologies and Global Politics||PL9223||20 credits|
|Global Governance||PL9224||20 credits|
|EU Politics||PL9225||20 credits|
|From Espionage to Counter-Terrorism: Intelligence in Contemporary Politics||PL9229||20 credits|
|The Power and Politics of Research Methods||PL9230||20 credits|
|Critical War and Military Studies: an Introduction||PL9231||20 credits|
|Comparative European Politics||PL9232||20 credits|
|Modern Welsh Politics||PL9233||20 credits|
|Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Mill||PL9234||20 credits|
|Local to Global Sustainable Development||PL9236||20 credits|
|Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio'r Gymdeithas Gyfalafol||PL9238||20 credits|
|Introduction to Data Science for Politics and International Relations||PL9239||20 credits|
|The Barbarians are Coming!: Cross-cultural Political Theories||PL9240||20 credits|
|Ideas and Ideology in British Politics||PL9241||20 credits|
|Animals, Air, and Areas beyond national jurisdiction - The Politics of Global Environmental Regimes||PL9242||20 credits|
|Governing Modern Britain||PL9243||20 credits|
|Credoau'r Cymry||PL9286||20 credits|
|British Politics since 1945||PL9287||20 credits|
|International Security: Concepts and Issues||PL9288||20 credits|
|Justice and Politics: Contemporary Political Theory||PL9291||20 credits|
|International Law in a Changing World||PL9299||20 credits|
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 5,000 words (20 credits) or 9,000 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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Dafydd ap Gwilym||CY3105||20 credits|
|Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar||CY3410||20 credits|
|Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith||CY3610||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Ddosbarth||CY3660||20 credits|
|Cyfieithu Proffesiynol||CY3705||20 credits|
|Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990||CY3810||20 credits|
|Blas ar Ymchwil||CY3900||20 credits|
|Ymchwilio Estynedig||CY3905||40 credits|
|Caffael Iaith||CY3910||20 credits|
|The History of Thought in International Relations||PL9311||20 credits|
|International Politics in the Nuclear Age||PL9320||20 credits|
|Africa in International Thought and Practice: Colonialism, Anticolonialism, Postcolonialism||PL9321||20 credits|
|Bombs, Bullets and Ballot-boxes: the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969 to 1998||PL9324||20 credits|
|Political Economy: Rationality in an Irrational World?||PL9325||20 credits|
|Popular Culture and World Politics||PL9328||20 credits|
|War and Society||PL9331||20 credits|
|Cybersecurity: Diplomacy and Digital Rights in Global Politics||PL9332||20 credits|
|A History of British Intelligence||PL9333||20 credits|
|The Politics of Violence and Killing||PL9335||20 credits|
|Justice, Legitimacy and International Law||PL9336||20 credits|
|Latin American Politics||PL9337||20 credits|
|Sex, Drugs and Public Policy||PL9338||20 credits|
|Visual Global Politics||PL9339||20 credits|
|Politics in Practice: Work Placement Module||PL9340||20 credits|
|The Soul and the City: Plato's Political Philosophy||PL9341||20 credits|
|Crisis and Commitment in 20th Century Political Thought||PL9343||20 credits|
|Be the Change: Governing without the State||PL9346||20 credits|
|The Politics and Governance of Brexit||PL9347||20 credits|
|Representing Development||PL9348||20 credits|
|The Politics of Populism in Europe||PL9350||20 credits|
|Terrorism and (In)security||PL9351||20 credits|
|Radical Political Theory||PL9352||20 credits|
|Governing Global Public Health: Viral Pandemics, and the Global Drugs 'Epidemic'||PL9353||20 credits|
|US Government and Politics||PL9374||20 credits|
|Cyfiawnder Byd-eang||PL9377||20 credits|
|Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng Nghymru||PL9378||20 credits|
|Parliamentary Studies Module||PL9380||20 credits|
|International Relations Dissertation||PL9385||20 credits|
|Politics Dissertation||PL9386||20 credits|
|Elections in the UK||PL9387||20 credits|
|Global International Organisation in World Politics||PL9391||20 credits|
|Personality and Power||PL9392||20 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.
Learning and assessment
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.
Careers and placements
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.
Politics at Cardiff University is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within the 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 recent graduating years.
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.
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.
Studying in Welsh
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.