Why Study Welsh and Celtic Studies?
The School of Welsh and Celtic Studies is one of the oldest at Bangor University, and since its establishment in 1889 its contribution to the literary and cultural life of Wales has been crucial.
Our honours degrees offer a wealth of valuable experience whether you wish to study courses relating to Welsh as a subject, or the fields of theatre, journalism or the media. Different aspects of these areas may be combined if you wish to follow courses in order to pursue an academic path or a combination of the academic and vocational.
You will be taught by staff who research regularly, and publish books and articles. Our current staff include Professors Jason Walford Davies and Gerwyn Wiliams, and Angharad Price and Jerry Hunter both of whom have won the Prose Medal as well as the Book of the Year award. The School is led by Peredur Lynch, the strict metre poet and well-known Eisteddfod adjudicator.
Career Opportunities in Welsh and Celtic Studies
There is increasing demand from employers for graduates with a good qualification in the language and a degree in Welsh can lead to a wide range of careers. Our graduates are in high demand and the skills you will learn from taking more practical modules are excellent preparation for a career and a job.
Recent graduates have gone on to jobs in education (teachers and lecturers), marketing, media (broadcasting, reporting, scripting), and jobs with some of the leading institutions in Wales and the Welsh language (e.g. Urdd, S4C, BBC Wales, Gwynedd Council, Welsh Language Commissioner, Farmers Union of Wales, Universities). Other graduates went on to work as translators or administrators; others to work for public relations firms, or to work in international law, for bodies and companies in Wales and other countries
Our students enjoy their time at Bangor so much that many decide to stay to research for a higher degree.
Our Research in Welsh and Celtic Studies
The School of Welsh and Celtic Studies has research specialisms in all major areas of Welsh literature. Staff members also include some of the most prominent writers and poets in contemporary Wales such as Dr Angharad Price, Dr Jason Walford Davies, Professor Jerry Hunter and Professor Gerwyn Wiliams. We work closely with other academic Schools in the University, e.g. with History and Welsh History in the field of Celtic Studies and with Modern Languages in the fields of translation studies and comparative literature.
The main aim of our research is to place Welsh literature in new intellectual contexts. At Bangor, the objective remains to study Welsh literature not as remnants of a 'Celtic' past but as a manifestation of a viable literature that belongs to the modern world.