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Postgraduate research

Join us and you’ll be welcomed in to a world of challenging scholarship and a supportive research environment.

We are one of the foremost academic centres for the study of Welsh, its literature, culture and its future.

Our original and penetrating research was judged the best in Wales and seventh in the UK for its quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

We play an important role in the development of the discipline in the 21st century, as well as influencing legislative processes and contributing to pioneering literary and cultural activity through the use of new technologies.

You can choose between two different research routes within the School:

The two routes are flexible and you can choose to study in the way that best suits you and your circumstances. We offer PhD study on a part-time (5 years) or full-time (3 years) basis and the MPhil for a period of 1-2 years.

Due to the breadth of our faculty's interests and specialisms, we offer a variety of research themes, including:

  • Welsh Literature through the centuries
  • Translation studies
  • Identity, ethnicity and multiculturalism
  • Creative and critical writing
  • Folk studies
  • Welsh/American studies
  • Children’s literature
  • Language acquisition and learning
  • Language planning and policy
  • History and the development of Welsh (including dialects)
  • Sociolinguistics (Welsh and other Celtic languages)
  • Language technology

Work experience

There is a great opportunity for our postgraduate students to secure work experience while studying with the advantage of our city centre location. There are also many opportunities for employment within the School.

Research projects

From time to time opportunities arise for students to work on a research project under the leadership of a School staff member

Hosting seminars and language sessions

The School can offer the opportunity for postgraduate students to host seminars and language sessions. Students will attend specific training courses on how to teach and assessment before undertaking any such work.


For further information about the programme please contact Dr Jonathan Morris and to discuss scholarships please contact the School.

Dr Jonathan Morris

Dr Jonathan Morris

Senior Lecturer

Welsh speaking
+44(0) 29 2087 7266