M.A. Celtic Studies

University Wales Lampeter

Application deadline: any time of the year
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,034 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,567 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: January  2015, April  2015, October  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The principal aim of the MA in Celtic Studies is to provide students interested in Welsh and Celtic Studies with the opportunity to study various aspects of the history, literature and cultural heritage of the Celtic regions at their own pace in a flexible and innovative distance-learning scheme.

In addition to enhancing students´ skills in study and research methodology, the programme will allow students to choose a variety of different optional modules including the Celts: Origins to Modern Era, the Mabinogi, Welsh Folk Life, the Poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym, Women in the Middle Ages: Sources from the Celtic Regions, the Cult of the Virgin Mary in the Celtic Regions, the Celtic Arthur, Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Matter of Britain and the Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages.

No former knowledge of the Celtic languages is necessary, since texts are studied in translation and essays on historical and literary topics are written in English.

The aim of the course is to introduce non-Welsh or Celtic readers to the various subjects being studied, provide the necessary background and course content and permit students to study the subjects in greater detail via directed reading and supervised tuition. Students who have no former knowledge of the Celtic languages will be encouraged to begin learning Welsh and students who are already fluent in Welsh will be allowed to follow their modules through the medium of Welsh and submit assessed work in Welsh.

The translation and subtitling modules are only available to those who are fluent in Welsh or already have a good grasp of Welsh.


The School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies offers a substantial portfolio of language courses (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Welsh). Students may wish to incorporate 40 credits´ worth of language courses into their MA scheme (80 credits of undergraduate language courses = 40 credits at MA level). Language courses, however, are not compulsory and students may wish to choose to study 120 credits in Part One from amongst the optional MA modules (in the fields of history, literature, linguistics and study skills), thus avoiding the language modules altogether.

It is also possible to study 80 credits of MA modules and choose 40 credits of level 6 literary and historical undergraduate courses (e.g. Gerald of Wales, the Sociolinguistics of the Welsh Language, The Welsh Princes: Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, The Riots of Industrialized Wales c. 1800-c. 1850) or 40 credits of distance-learning Masters´ modules offered by other departments (e.g. History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Theology and Religious Studies).

Module MAAC0820 Study and Research Methodology is compulsory for all students, unless, as in certain rare cases (e.g. where the student already has a research degree), this compulsory element may be waived by permission of the Course Director. Students are advised to study this first (completing the first four assignments), and then carry the module on throughout their course, since the final assignment involves writing a proposal for the dissertation in Part Two.

The School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies has been at the forefront of e-learning provision in Wales since it began pioneering web-based, distance-learning modules in the field of Welsh Studies in 1998. Since then, The School has acquired a great deal of expertise in the planning, delivery and assessment of both undergraduate and postgraduate e-learning programmes.

The scheme may be studied on a full-time or part-time basis and flexible enrolment allows students the freedom to choose when they begin studying: formal start dates for registration are 1 October, 1 January and 1 April. Distance-learning materials and web-based courses, available 24 hours a day, lead to widening access to education and provide a learner-centred approach which appeals to a whole range of people including people who are in full-time employment, those preoccupied during the day with childcare, disabled and special needs students who may prefer to study from home, as well as international students.


A good standard of education and a first degree in a relevant subject is usually required for entry to a Master´s programme.

International students applying for study at postgraduate level will normally be required to show evidence of sufficient command of the English language to be able to follow their course, undertake research and produce writing without major linguistic difficulties. For example, this is usually the Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Certificate, IELTS minimum score of 6.5, TOEFL minimum score of 575.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


UK Students

Unfortunately, funding is very scarce for postgraduate courses. Some funding is available from external bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The AHRC is funded by a number of sources including the British Academy and the Department of Higher and Further Education and offers support including professional and vocational awards and Studentships in the Humanities. Applications can be made via the Registry in February each year. Occasionally there are University of Wales Studentships available which are equivalent to the funding given by the AHRC, but these are subject to availability. A funding guide is available from the Registry. Most UK students are self-funding and many opt for Career Development Loans.

Overseas Students


American and Canadian students can apply for funding via the Federal Student Loan System for their respective countries.

Overseas scholarships

Overseas students may apply for Overseas Research Scholarships if they are intending to study for a full-time MPhil or PhD. Application forms are available in February of each year from the Registry and must be completed and returned to the Registry by the end of April in any given year. If candidates are successful in their application, fees are reduced to that of a home student.

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