Why Study Celtic and Medieval Studies?
‘The Celts’ is a Celtic Studies MA which allows you to study various aspects of the histories, languages and literatures of the Celtic peoples, from the theory and practice of Iron Age archaeology through medieval prose and poetry to the developing traditions of the Modern period.
This MA gives you the opportunity and ability to sift face and fiction, and to study in detail the question: ‘Who were – and who are – the Celts? How can we discuss such questions, with what methodology and with what evidence? How has the word itself (‘Celt’, ‘Keltoi’, etc.) been used through the centuries, from Classical historians to modern pop musicians? What is ‘Celtic culture’ during various periods in history, and what is its relevance today?
The course is taught by experts across various fields: Welsh, Irish, History, Archaeology, Iberian Studies. With options to study areas such as language, literature, archaeology, religion, mythology, antiquarianism and music, students can explore the culture and identity of the ‘Celtic’ peoples from the hillforts of prehistory to the devolved and independent parliaments of today. The specific focus of the course of study (especially in the case of the final dissertation) will depend upon your particular interests.
It is possible to study this course through the medium of English or Welsh.
Career Opportunities in Celtic and Medieval Studies
As well as being a qualification in its own right, the ‘Celts’ MA provides an excellent foundation for further research at PhD level. The enhancement of knowledge and development of skills helps strengthen your career prospects, preparing you for a wide variety of jobs, e.g. as researcher, educator, journalist, arts/heritage officer, translator, or for work in publishing, local government, etc.
You can enjoy teaching of a high standard delivered by true experts in their field. Take a look at our staff profiles to find out more.
Our Research in Celtic and Medieval Studies
The diverse and interdisciplinary nature of Celtic and Medieval studies is well represented at Bangor University – drawing together research expertise in language, literature, history and archaeology.
Bangor University’s contribution to the growth of modern Welsh and Celtic scholarship and learning is immense. It was here that Sir John Morris-Jones compiled his monumental Welsh Grammar (1913), which forms the basis of the modern literary language. Bangor University has expertise in all major fields of Celtic literature, language and history. Staff include some of contemporary Wales’s leading writers and creative practitioners, in both prose and poetry.
The exceptionally rich archaeological landscapes of Wales provide a natural focus for our research analysing past societies, their settlements and material culture from the late Mesolithic to the post-medieval.
The University’s Centre for Arthurian Studies builds on the record of long-standing excellence in research and serves as a hub for international research exchange in Arthurian Studies. The Centre brings together diverse expertise from across the chronological span of Arthurian legends, from the medieval to the modern period.
Bangor University Library, and the Archives Special Collections are offer impressive resources (including rare editions) for those seeking to pursue Celtic and/or Arthurian studies.