MA Celtic Studies
The principal aim of the MA Celtic Studies is to provide students interested in Welsh and Celtic Studies with the opportunity to study various aspects of the history, literature and cultural heritage of the Celtic regions at their own pace in a flexible and innovative distance-learning scheme.
In addition to enhancing students’ skills in study and research methodology, the programme will allow students to choose a variety of different optional modules including the Celts: Origins to Modern Era, the Mabinogi, Welsh Folk Life, the Poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym, Women in the Middle Ages: Sources from the Celtic Regions, the Cult of the Virgin Mary in the Celtic Regions, the Celtic Arthur, Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Matter of Britain and the Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages. Students should choose their modules in consultation with the Course Director who will advise them concerning the availability of modules in any given year.
No former knowledge of the Celtic languages is necessary, since texts are studied in translation and essays on historical and literary topics are written in English.
The aim of the course is to introduce non-Welsh or Celtic readers to the various subjects being studied, provide the necessary background and course content and permit students to study the subjects in greater detail via directed reading and supervised tuition. Students who have no former knowledge of the Celtic languages will be encouraged to begin learning Welsh and students who are already fluent in Welsh will be allowed to follow their modules through the medium of Welsh and submit assessed work in Welsh.
The translation and subtitling modules are only available to those who are fluent in Welsh or already have a good grasp of Welsh.
The School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies offers a substantial portfolio of language courses (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Welsh). Students may wish to incorporate 40 credits’ worth of language courses into their MA scheme (80 credits of undergraduate language courses = 40 credits at MA level). Language courses, however, are not compulsory and students may wish to choose to study 120 credits in Part One from amongst the optional MA modules (in the fields of history, literature, linguistics and study skills), thus avoiding the language modules altogether.
It is also possible to study 80 credits of MA modules and choose 40 credits of level 6 literary and historical undergraduate courses (e.g. Gerald of Wales, the Sociolinguistics of the Welsh Language, The Welsh Princes: Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, The Riots of Industrialized Wales c. 1800-c. 1850) or 40 credits of distance-learning Masters’ modules offered by other departments (e.g. History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Theology and Religious Studies).
Module MAAC0820 Study and Research Methodology is compulsory for all students, unless, as in certain rare cases (e.g. where the student already has a research degree), this compulsory element may be waived by permission of the Course Director. Students are advised to study this first (completing the first four assignments), and then carry the module on throughout their course, since the final assignment involves writing a proposal for the dissertation in Part Two.
The School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies has been at the forefront of e-learning provision in Wales since it began pioneering web-based, distance-learning modules in the field of Welsh Studies in 1998. Since then, The School has acquired a great deal of expertise in the planning, delivery and assessment of both undergraduate and postgraduate e-learning programmes.
The scheme may be studied on a full-time or part-time basis and flexible enrolment allows students the freedom to choose when they begin studying: formal start dates for registration are 1 October, 1 January and 1 April. Distance-learning materials and web-based courses, available 24 hours a day, lead to widening access to education and provide a learner-centred approach which appeals to a whole range of people including people who are in full-time employment, those preoccupied during the day with childcare, disabled and special needs students who may prefer to study from home, as well as international students.