MA by Research in Welsh

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA by Research 1Yr FT
    MA by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview


We have specialities in a number of fields:
• Literature over the centuries
• Creative writing
• Theory of literature
• Translation techniques and technology
• Bilingualism and language planning
• Welsh for Adults and language acquisition
• Language sociology
• Valleys culture
• Drama, film, animation, broadcasting and the digital media in Wales, the United Kingdom and the USA

Key Features

A research degree in Welsh gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).

It will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your own choosing and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.

You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.

All research students are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.

MA by Research degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).


The MA by Research is ideal for those who want:

  • an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
  • the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD. 

Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision. 

For informal queries, please contact Non Vaughan Williams, Director of Postgraduate Studies at Academi Hywel Teifi, by phoning 01792 205678 (ext. 4815).

Entry Requirements

MA by Research - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements for International qualifications (non-EU) and EU qualifications (non UK).

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application status at

You may enrol in September, January, April or July.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA by Research Full-time £4,200 £13,850
MA by Research Part-time £2,100 £6,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2017 please refer to the 2016/17 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.


You submit a thesis of up to 40,000 words, which demonstrates a significant contribution to the subject area. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva) by two examiners who are not your supervisors, one of whom is external to Swansea.