Taught course

Celtic Studies

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies

Entry 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.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

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 masters 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, modern literature, religion, monasticism and iconography. In Part One students will be introduced to the study and research methodology skills required to undertake a postgraduate programme and 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.

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.

Typical Modules Include:

  • Coneptualising the Celts from Prehistory to the Modern Era
  • Y Mabinogi
  • The Celtic Arthur and the matter of Britain*
  • Women in the Middle Ages: Sources from the Celtic Regions*
  • Welsh Folk Life*
  • The Sociology of the Welsh Language*
  • The Female Sains of Wales*
  • Celtic Otherworlds - from the Druids to the Monastic Voyage Tale*

*Optional modules

Information for international students

A unique Masters degree involving both Irish and Welsh material.

Qualification and course duration


12-48 months


12-24 months


12-24 months

Course contact details

Dr Jane Cartwright
+44 (0)1570 422351