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Welsh, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) , | ,
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).

About

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

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.

MPhils typically last from two years (full-time) to four years (part-time) and PhDs from three years (full-time) to six years (part-time).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Welsh
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The choice of topic is up to you but must be worked out in consultation with your supervisors. It is a good idea to enter discussions before applying and to draw up an initial proposal together. However, all good topics develop over the course of your reading and supervisions and it is likely that you will only slowly gain a clear idea of where you are heading. At the end of your first nine months MPhil and PhD students present a 10,000 word chapter, synopsis, bibliography and table of contents, plus a list of training courses attended to a progression panel which makes recommendations for your future direction. Thereafter you should expect to work on individual chapters (four or five is a typical number), including introduction and literature review. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • clear copies of qualifications you’ve gained
  • if your qualifications are in a language other than English, please provide official translations, in addition to the copies of the documents in your original language
  • if English is not your first language, please provide a Swansea University recognised English language test certificate (if appropriate), for example IELTS
  • If available, open references/letters of support. 
  • a copy of the personal details page of your passport
  • a copy of your sponsor letter/scholarship award (if appropriate/available)
  • copies of any other documentation to support your application such as a CV, Personal Statement, Portfolio (MA Creative Writing, for example)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4345 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4345 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Swansea

  • 727 - 1380 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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