The School of Welsh is well-known for its academic research and is one of the leading centres for Celtic Studies research in the UK. The research interests of our staff are varied and include the Welsh language, Welsh literature, creative and critical writing as well as the social and international aspects of language planning. The originality and rigour of our research make the School of Welsh at Cardiff a popular choice for those interested in postgraduate study.
* Annual series of research seminars and conferences
* Opportunities to teach in the School and the Welsh Language Teaching Centre (Welsh for Adults)
* Collaborative research with several North American and European institutions, for instance in Canada and Ireland
* Close links with the Welsh Language Board and other national institutions including the National History Museum, St. Fagans.
* Welsh literature (medieval, renaissance, modern)
* Literary and critical theory
* Sociolinguistics (including Patagonia and Ireland)
* Language planning and policy
* Religion and popular culture
* Textual transmission: oral and written
* Welsh American Studies
* Second language acquisition/Welsh for adults
* Creative Writing
Note: Research can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh or English
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Suitable for graduates in Welsh or other Humanities and Social Science subjects. Students who have not completed an MA or a research methods training course normally follow the research skills module of the taught MA while preparing for their MPhil/PhD thesis.
A 1st or an upper 2nd class UK Honours degree, or equivalent, is required.
Candidates who wish to submit their MPhil or PhD dissertation in Welsh, and who have not graduated in Welsh, must satisfy the School as to the standard of their written and oral skills in the language.
The School of Welsh also welcomes applications from UK or overseas non-Welsh speaking students who wish to study and submit their MPhil or PhD dissertation through the medium of English.
If English is not the candidates first language, and they wish to study through the medium of English, they will be required to demonstrate oral and written fluency before being accepted on to the programme. A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) is required.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.
The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
For information on funding and scholarship opportunities available at Cardiff University please see our funding and scholarship search: