Celtic Studies, M.A.

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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.

Programme Structure

  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16830 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16830 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6015 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6015 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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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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