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MA Welsh and Celtic studies

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Aberystwyth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies is a unique taught masters that enables students to explore the full range of Celtic languages and literatures, from the earliest period to the modern day.

Celtic Studies is a fascinating discipline, and this degree will give you the chance to study, with expert tuition, individual Celtic languages, as well as their literature and culture. Whether you are interested in language, literature or culture, you'll be able to choose from a wide variety of subjects that interest you. Comparative modules will prepare you to critically examine the origins of the Celtic-speaking peoples and the intriguing historiography of Celtic Studies. In the dissertation module, you will work under the guidance of an expert to develop a research project which speaks to your own specific research interests.

You don't have to be fluent in Welsh or Irish to study this course. Its flexible structure makes it suitable for those who are entirely new to Celtic Studies as well as those who have studied Celtic languages and literatures at undergraduate level.

Aberystwyth is the ideal location for those who wish to develop their interest in Welsh and Celtic Studies, an environment where the medieval and modern sit, with ease, side by side. One of the strengths of this MA, and one which sets it apart from similar schemes, is that we will enable and encourage you to develop your Welsh-language skills, whether you come to us as a Welsh speaker or learner, or as a complete beginner. It is vital for researchers in medieval and modern Welsh literature to be able to access the important scholarly work done in the Welsh language, and students on this scheme will be able to take Welsh language modules to help them develop this highly important skill.

The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth is unmatched in its expertise across all the Celtic languages, from the ancient to the modern. Located in the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales, it is a world-renowned centre for research, and home to an international, lively and welcoming cohort of students and staff.


The MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies will provide a solid foundation for those who choose to go on to undertake research in the subject, or to work with related languages and cultures (Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic).

Historically, the Department’s MA programmes have offered pathways for students from similar disciplines to go on to do doctoral research in Britain, Ireland and North America. Recent graduates are currently undertaking research at Harvard, Yale and Toronto.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aberystwyth University

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  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Welcoming international students since 1872. Over 100 different nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural learning environment.
Highly-rated teaching (TEF Gold) and a high rate of graduate employability.
Generous scholarships and bursaries for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    4th out of 8 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 199
    157 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.51 90%



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