12 months
15500 GBP/year
7650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Welsh and Celtic Studies MA programme from Aberystwyth University 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.


Why study the MA Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University?

  • Choose Aberystwyth University and you’ll be studying in a location like no other. On the west coast of Wales between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, you’ll be part of a friendly, outward-looking community where students have been coming since 1872. What better place to study the rich history and cultural heritage of the Celtic people and regions?
  • The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University is the oldest department of its kind in the world - home to a lively community of students and researchers who all share the aim of promoting a wider understanding of the Welsh and Irish languages, their history, literature and place in the modern and international world.
  • Joining us at Aberystwyth, you will become part of a vibrant wider research community. At monthly seminars, staff, students and visiting scholars present their research, and informal open textual seminars and reading groups run thoughout the year.
  • The National Library of Wales is a wonderful resource and is a short walk from the Welsh and Celtic Studies Department. It is one of only five copyright libraries in the UK. Its priceless medieval manuscripts contain some of the earliest Welsh literature as well as valuable collections of medieval Cornish material, modern Irish manuscripts and Manx folklore.
  • Aberystwyth is also home to the University of Wales Welsh Dictionary and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. We have a close working relationship with these institutions, and our students can take advantage of their resources.


  • The Welsh and Celtic studies MA programme from Aberystwyth University 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.
  • Every element of the MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies enhances your employability. Alongside the development of your subject-specific knowledge and experience, an especially noteworthy strength of this course is the emphasis on personal development. As an emerging language specialist, your research and critical faculties will make you a strong candidate for any post where ideas and topics need research, analysis, discussion, expansion and classification.
  • Employers in every industry value such skills, and the pattern of creativity, research, analysis and discussion in this course will place you in an excellent position for the competitive jobs market.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Early Medieval Welsh Poetry
  • Scottish Gaelic Language and Literature
  • Medieval Saga Literature of Ireland
  • Reading Early Modern Gaelic Prose Texts
  • Comparative Celtic Literature
  • Comparative Celtic Philology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A lower second class honours degree (2:2)
  • Copies of University transcripts (certified translated copies are required if original document is not in English or Welsh)
  • Copies of Degree certificates (certified translated copies are required if original document is not in English or Welsh)
  • Personal statement within 1-2 A4 pages

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7650 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Aberystwyth

700 - 1300 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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