Taught jointly by the Schools of Welsh and English, the Literatures of Wales MA is the first course anywhere in the world which focuses on the study and comparison of texts from the two main literary traditions in Wales (where necessary in English translation). 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 twentieth century encouraged the separate study of the two 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 two literary traditions from Wales, and to consider the question of what happens to English-language literature when it is not the principal tradition.
By providing students with the unique opportunity to study with the best fellow-scholars from both literary and cultural traditions, the course equips students for a wide range of careers in the Welsh public and private sectors. For any job in which an understanding of both linguistic cultures is important, this course is an ideal training. It also provides a sound basis for further postgraduate study within Wales, or beyond.
Applicants to this programme should have a good first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. 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 first 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).