M.A. Celtic Studies (online)

  • Online
  • 12 months
  • GBP16830 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP6015 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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The MA in Celtic Studies is a unique distance learning programme which offers students interested in Welsh and Celtic Studies the opportunity to study various aspects of the history, literature and cultural heritage of the Celtic regions in their own homes.



This multidisciplinary Master's degree allows students to study a wide variety of subjects in the following fields: early and late medieval history and literature, folklore, gender studies, the sociology of language, Arthurian literature, religion, spirituality and iconography.

In Part One students will be introduced to the study and research methodology skills required to undertake a postgraduate programme and they will complete modules on the history of the Celts and the legends of the Mabinogi. In addition to these three compulsory modules students will choose from one of the following pathways:

  • Culture and society (Welsh Folk Life, the Sociology of the Welsh Language)
  • Medieval (the Celtic Arthur, Women in the Middle Ages: sources from the Celtic regions)
  • Sanctity and Spirituality (The Cult of Saints in Wales, Celtic Otherworlds – from the druids to the monastic voyage tale)

Students will then be allowed to take any other module from one of the above pathways or Beginners' Welsh (a total of six modules in all). In Part Two students are given the opportunity to research in detail a topic which has particularly appealed to them and write an extended dissertation. They will be allocated a supervisor to help guide them through their dissertations.

No previous knowledge of the Celtic languages is required for this programme, as students study texts in translation and the programme is taught through the medium of English. However, students may choose to study Welsh as part of the programme and it is also possible for students who are fluent in Welsh to study their modules entirely through the medium of Welsh (see MA Astudiaethau Celtaidd) or receive supervision and communication in Welsh, but opt to write their assignments in English.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP16830 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP6015 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Full-time
Structure Semi-structured
Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

  • Conceptualizing the Celts provides students with a critical understanding of the wider context and background of Celtic identity, language and history and enables students to critically assess and evaluate differing interpretations of the cultural identity of the Celts.
  • Mabinogi provides students with a systematic understanding of the content, context, cultural and historical importance of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi.
  • The Celtic Arthur and the Matter of Britain examines the context of the figure of Arthur as known from Celtic sources, up to and including the large body of material directly dependent on Geoffrey of Monmouth.
  • Women in the Middle Ages: sources from the Celtic regions provides students with an advanced knowledge of the complex range of extant sources relating to medieval women’s lives in the Celtic regions.
  • Welsh Folk Life gives students an appreciation of the following topics: popular culture; tales and legends; calendar customs; festivals; life-cycle customs; children’s games; material culture and folk music.
  • The Sociology of the Welsh Language ensures students have a deep understanding of the past and current state of the Welsh language thereby facilitating their ability to measure and evaluate its future prospects.
  • The Female Saints of Wales provides students with an advanced knowledge of the extant literary and historical sources relating to the saints of Wales including saints’ lives, medieval poetry, historical documentation, folklore and oral tradition, as well as archaeological and visual sources.
  • Celtic Otherworlds – from the druids to the monastic voyage tale considers the representation of ‘otherworlds’ in accounts of pre-Christian Celtic religion, as well as Irish Christian monastic texts.
  • Welsh for Beginners allows students to develop an understanding and appreciation of Welsh grammar, syntax and lexis and acquire general communicative skills in the Welsh language.

English Language Requirements

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Normally the entry requirement for this degree is a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, enquiries are also welcome from students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience. If you are unsure whether you would be accepted onto the MA you should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for an informal chat.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

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  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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