Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 120

  • Course Length

    4 Year

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Our Celtic Studies programme offers you the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the culture, literature, history and languages of Britain, Ireland, Europe and beyond from the earliest period to the present day. As well as bringing the Celtic- speaking world to life, we will provide you with broad training in the Humanities and help you develop in-depth analytical and critical skills that you can put to full use in your chosen career. You don't have to be fluent in Welsh or Irish to study Celtic Studies, this course is open to both beginners and advanced students.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies (NSS 2020).

Top 5 in the UK for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)


The Complete University Guide - Celtic Studies Top 10Why study in Aberystwyth?

  • Aberystwyth university is one of the liveliest academic and intellectual environments for Celtic studies in the world. 
  • The department is home to inspirational team of world-leading experts in Welsh, Irish, Scottish Gaelic language and literature. 
  • Students will have the opportunity to learn Scottish Gaelic, Breton and Manx as well as their respective literature. 
  • In the recent student satisfaction survey, 100% of our students were satisfied with the course and department. (NSS, 2016). 
  • A degree in Celtic Studies will open many doors to exciting opportunities for you. 
  • Flourish with our vibrant, exciting Welsh community here at Aberystwyth. Not only do we have a Students Union, but UMCA (Undeb Myfyrwr Cymraeg Aberystwyth) host many events and societies for those who wish to part of the welsh community. 
  • The National Library of Wales is a stone throw away from our Penglais Campus. It is one of a kind in Wales, allowing students unlimited access to its rare collection of literature. 
  • Within the department of Welsh and Celtic studies, you will have large options of stimulating modules to choose from such as creative writing, professional welsh, translation, Welsh in the media, Welsh Literature, Folk Welsh and many more. 
  • Students can explore studying in another country under the Erasmus + or the International Exchange programme. 
  •  The Centre of Advance Welsh and Celtic Studies is also located in Aberystwyth.
  • Studying here will provide the opportunity to attend a wealth of public lectures, book launches, performances and talks in the Department itself and beyond.
  • Students can explore our exciting partnership opportunities to study in Universities in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and France. 
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are research active scholars and experts in their chosen fields of study, including the study of languages and literatures as well as creative writing.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Middle Irish Texts in Context IR22520 20
Modern Irish (Langauge and Literature) IR23120 20
Cymraeg Llyfr a Chymraeg Llafar CY21400
Cymraeg Llyfr a Chymraeg Llafar CY21420 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Gloywi Iaith yr Ail Iaith CY31100
Gloywi Iaith yr Ail Iaith CY31120 20
Early Irish Saga Literature IR32300
Early Irish Saga Literature IR32320 20
Modern Irish (Language and Literature) 3+4 IR32500
Modern Irish (Language and Literature) 3+4 IR32520 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Career prospects

Graduates in Celtic Studies go on to a variety of careers in academia, teaching, administration, the media and the public sector, both here and abroad.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Welsh will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills which are particularly valued by employer. These include:

• research and data analysis
• creative and effective problem solving
• the ability to work independently
• time management, including the ability to meet tight deadlines
• the ability to articulate and convey information clearly and concisely orally and on paper
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• the ability to work in a team, discuss concepts in groups and reach compromises
• IT skills

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

We offer modules in Welsh and Irish, but students could also opt to study and explore languages such as Breton, Manx and Scottish Gaelic. During the three year degree, this programme has been designed to allow you to explore your interests in areas such as: 

  • Welsh Literature 
  • Women's poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Early Irish Saga Literature 
  • Comparative Celtic Philology 
  • Gaelic Bardic Poetry 
  • Old Irish and Middle Welsh 
  • The Mabinogion 
  • Celtic Literature of Landscape
  • King Arthur of the Welsh 

You will be assessed through a combination of course work and examinations. 

This degree will be delivered through the mixture of seminars, workshops and lectures. 

Personal Tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your degree course,  who can help you with any academic or personal issues. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need assistance.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC with evidence of linguistic ability

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with evidence of linguistic ability

International Baccalaureate:
30-26 with evidence of linguistic ability

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with evidence of linguistic ability

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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