Bangor University

Bangor University

Literatures of Wales

Wales is the only one of the British Celtic nations to retain a widely-spoken, viable indigenous language and a vibrant contemporary literature. It is also the only British nation whose distinctive Anglophone literature remains marginalised within its own education system. At university level, the linguistic divide of the 20th Century encouraged the separate study of the 2 literatures, a schism which modern scholarship has only recently started to overcome. Bangor, a genuinely bilingual cultural centre, is an ideal place in which to study these 2 literary traditions from Wales, and to consider the question of what happens to English-language literature when it is not the principal tradition.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good 1st degree in a relevant subject (such as English literature, Welsh, or history). Practical experience may also be accepted. Applicants will be judged on their individual merits, with work experience and other factors also considered. The ability to speak Welsh is not a requirement for this course; students will have the opportunity to take Welsh lessons. For international students whose 1st language is not English, the entry requirement includes an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall (with no mark below 6.0 in any aspect of the test).

Course modules

Part 1: introduction: 'Who speaks for Wales?'; Welsh modernity; gender and Wales; part 2: a 20,000-word dissertation, written in English or Welsh, on any aspect of the literatures in which the student is interested.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

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College of Arts and Humanities
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01248 382287