Welsh and the Celtic Languages

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This is an opportunity for you to study Welsh alongside one or more of the other Celtic languages (eg Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Breton). You will also be able to choose from a collection of linguistic and literary modules, and you will get the chance to spend a year abroad in Ireland or Brittany. You don't need to know of any of these languages before starting the course.

Please note that this is a Welsh-medium course. The English-medium equivalent is Celtic Studies (Q500).

Course Overview

Why study Welsh and the Celtic Languages at Aberystwyth?

  • International Reputation - The department is one of the liveliest academic and intellectual environments for Celtic studies in the world.
  • 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 - the ideal place to study Welsh alongside the rich history and heritage of the Celtic people and regions more widely.
  • Expertise - The department is a world-renowned centre for research and home to an inspirational team of world-leading experts in Welsh and Irish language and culture.
  • Other Celtic Languages - You will have the opportunity to learn Scottish Gaelic and Breton as well as their respective literature.
  • Studying Abroad - Students on this scheme usually spend a semester during the third year studying at a university abroad - a valuable experience that builds language skills and confidence.
  • Student Satisfaction - In the student satisfaction survey, the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies was top in the UK for Celtic Studies (NSS 2020).
  • Wide Choice - You will have a wide choice of stimulating modules to choose from that reflect the latest research interests of our lecturers.
  • A Vibrant Welsh Social Life - You can live through the medium of Welsh and enjoy the social aspects of the Welsh community here. Come to live in Pantycelyn hall, join UMCA (the Welsh students' union) go on rugby trips, join the choir, and attend events such as the Selar Awards.
  • Stimulating Events - Studying here will provide the opportunity to attend a wealth of public lectures, book launches, performances and talks in the Department itself and beyond.
  • The National Library of Wales - The library 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.
  • The Centre of Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies - The Centre is a dedicated research institute, located alongside the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

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.

Modules September start - 2022

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
Introduction to the Literature of Gaelic Ireland IR11720 20
The Celts: A Contested Legacy IR11820 20


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* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


During the course, you will develop a host of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Here are some examples:

  • exploring and analysing data
  • thinking creatively and effective problem solving
  • working independently
  • organising and managing time, including the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • expressing ideas and communicating information clearly and coherently, orally and in writing
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team work - the ability to discuss concepts in groups, discussing various ideas and reaching an agreement
  • information technology skills.

What can I do with a degree in Welsh and the Celtic Languages?

Many fields value the broad training in the Humanities and exposure to cultural and historical concepts that a degree like Celtic Studies provides. The transferable skills that you gain can be put to full use in your chosen career.

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

The skills of research and analysis that you will have developed will also be a solid foundation for studying at postgraduate level and for a career in academia.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

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Course Content

What will I learn?

The modules that you will follow on the Welsh and the Celtic Languages course could include an introduction to modern Irish and literature, Welsh - yesterday and today, Celtic culture, an outline of the history of our literature, to name a few.

In your second and third years, you will develop further information and will be able to choose subjects that are of special interest to you. These subjects might include poetry 1900-1979, the history and essentials of literary critique, Breton literature, and comparative Celtic philology.

During the three years, you will develop the ability to recognise the characteristics of the Welsh language and the other Celtic languages and an understanding of the creative process and the value of literary works. The nature of the modules that we offer means that you can combine the study of language, literature and contemporary or historical culture in Welsh and the other Celtic languages.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and other innovative teaching methods. In the seminars, the groups are smaller and the atmosphere more informal, to foster open discussion.

How will I be assessed?

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

Personal Tutor

A personal tutor will be allocated to you for the duration of your degree course. The tutor will be able to help you with any problems or queries that you may have, whether academic or personal. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need assistance.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM, plus B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

International Baccalaureate:
30-28, plus B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, plus B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
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 would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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