There is a long tradition of studying Welsh in Swansea since the college opened in the city in 1920, a college which became one of the four constituent colleges of the University of Wales. Swansea University became independent in 2007. A sequence of bright scholars have led the Department, such as Henry Lewis, T. J. Morgan, D. Ellis Evans and Hywel Teifi Edwards, and many acclaimed scholars have taught and conducted research here. The current lecturers at the Department all have an excellent reputation in their respective fields, and the staff have contributed to the cultural life of Wales as adjudicators at the National Eisteddfod and as editors of magazines such as Barn, Taliesin, Ysgrifau Beirniadol and Dwned. Three members of staff at the Department have won the Chair and the Crown at the National Eisteddfod.
The Department's results in a series of research assessments during the last twenty years have been excellent. The Department of Welsh at Swansea had the best result of all Welsh Departments in higher education institutions in REF 2014. There is expertise in the fields of literary criticism, Welsh literature over the centuries, editing texts, sociolinguistics, translation and the Laws of Hywel. Students who have graduated from the Department have gone on to enjoy successful careers in education, local government, translation, the media, the publishing industry, business and many other fields.
A three year BA Honours course is offered in Welsh for those who wish to study the language and literature of Wales. There is also an opportunity to study a joint degree in Welsh in conjunction with another discipline. Students who graduate in Welsh will have refined their skills and be prepared for the workplace and a successful career in their chosen field. Many will choose to go on to postgraduate study; a number of our graduates are studying for an MA degree in Translation with Language Technology, MPhil and PhD.