Aberystwyth University Welsh Department

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University Welsh Department

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University.

The Department provides an excellent environment for the study of Welsh language, literature and culture, as well as Celtic Studies. Indeed, Aberystwyth offers unique opportunities for its students to learn Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh. As well as BA schemes in Welsh and Professional Welsh, we also offer BA degrees in Irish Language and Literature (available through the medium of Welsh and English), Celtic Studies and Welsh and the Celtic Languages.

Our Department scores consistently high in all aspects covered by the National Student Survey (NSS). In the most receent survey, our students rated our teaching at 100% and also gave us a rating of 100% for overall satisfaction.

Our lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and work placements are informed by both traditional and innovative methods of teaching and assessment. While each scheme has a core of compulsory modules, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules that reflect the research expertise of current staff. We are confident that you will find our modules interesting and sufficiently challenging, and that our BA schemes will open several fulfilling career paths for you. Graduates in Welsh and Celtic Studies go on to a variety of careers in academia, teaching, administration, the heritage industry, the media and the public sector, both here and abroad.

Our graduate employment record speaks for itself: the figure currently stands at 100%

The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies is also noted for being a friendly and supportive place to study. Our current students have joined us from all over Wales, the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield. Welsh is the everyday language of the Department and of much of the surrounding area, and new speakers are given every possible encouragement to use the language to the best of their ability.

We collaborate with colleagues in universities in Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere, and also enjoy strong links with the National Library of Wales which is a five-minute walk from the Department. Through the Erasmus exchange-scheme, students can study at universities in Ireland, Brittany and elsewhere in Europe.

If you would like to discover what makes the University and the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies such a special place to study, please contact us or arrange a visit to see for yourself. A warm welcome awaits.

Dr Cathryn A. Charnell-White

Head of Department

Undergraduate Courses (BA)

We have an exceptional reputation for quality teaching and maintain high academic standards on courses that are challenging, relevant and practical. In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS), our students rated us at 100% for our teaching.

We are a research-led teaching department which means that you will be taught by experts on courses which are grounded in the most up-to-date research and publications.

The breadth of experience of our staff means that we can offer a wide range of engaging courses that will also prepare you for a rewarding career. Our choice of courses spans everything from medieval literature and creative writing to Welsh in the workplace, translation and adaptation, contemporary poetry and fiction, literary criticism, women’s writing, and folk literature. We also specialise in other Celtic languages: Breton, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic.

Along with these single honours study schemes the Department also offers a number of different degree schemes which combine Welsh with a number of academic and vocational subjects.

The most recent student survey results show that our student satisfaction levels stand at 100%, and so every year many of our graduates choose to stay with us to study for a higher degree (MA, MPhil or PhD).


The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies has a vibrant community of home and international students, which makes us the largest Welsh and Celtic graduate school in the UK. Students are drawn by our world-class reputation as a centre for research and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) we maintained our reputation for academic publications that are considered ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’.

Aberystwyth’s international reputation as a research centre for Welsh and Celtic scholars is supported by its facilities. Our postgraduate study room is stocked with a broad range of dictionaries, reference books, journals and periodicals. You will also have access to the Department’s own research library, the Thomas Jones Collection, as well as the outstanding holdings of the University’s own Hugh Owen Library. The National Library of Wales , with its unrivalled collections of manuscripts, archives, printed material and sound and moving image archive, is only a five-minute walk from the Department.

Postgraduate students follow either a taught one-year course leading to an MA degree, or a research degree, either an MPhil (one year) or a PhD (three years). Candidates should have a good initial degree in a Celtic language or a cognate subject. Please contact us for more information on scholarships for home and international students. From September 2016, a new MA Professional Translation Studies (Q596) course will be available.

The Department is part of the Institute of Arts and Humanities  (IAH). Our graduates also benefit from this wider intellectual community as well as the collaborative research venture between Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities:The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies(IMEMS). Regular research seminars and public lectures are also organised by neighbouring institutions: The University of Wales Centre for Welsh and Celtic Studiesand the National Library of Wales.

You are welcome to contact us for more information at cymraeg@aber.ac.uk

The Branch welcomes staff and student members who want to learn Welsh and is eager to promote the opportunities which are available to become part of the Welsh community.  The Centre for Welsh Language Services, the Welsh for Adults Centre and the Welsh Students’ Union (UMCA) provide formal and informal opportunities to gain and enhance Welsh language skills. The opportunities available are summarised on the Centre for Welsh Language Services website.

Contact details for those interested in attending Welsh lessons:

Mid-Wales Welsh for Adults Centre

School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Aberystwyth University

P5, Penglais Campus



SY23 3UX


0800 876 6975 FREE

or +44 (0)1970 622236