About us

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University.

The Department provides an excellent environment for the study of Welsh language, literature and culture, as well as Celtic Studies. Indeed, Aberystwyth offers unique opportunities for its students to learn Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh. As well as BA schemes in Welsh and Professional Welsh, we also offer BA degrees in Irish Language and Literature (available through the medium of Welsh and English), Celtic Studies and Welsh and the Celtic Languages. 

As a department we are extremely proud that we provide students with an exceptional student and learning experience. This year, the NSS 2019 results show we are top in the UK for student satisfaction for the subject area of Celtic Studies and  that 100% of our students were satisfied in our department (NSS 2019).

The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies is also noted for being a friendly and supportive place to study. Our current students have joined us from all over Wales, the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield. Welsh is the everyday language of the Department and of much of the surrounding area, and new speakers are given every possible encouragement to use the language to the best of their ability.

We collaborate with colleagues in universities in Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere, and also enjoy strong links with the National Library of Wales which is a five-minute walk from the Department. Through the Erasmus+ exchange-scheme, students can study at universities in Ireland, Brittany and elsewhere in Europe.

If you would like to discover what makes the University and the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies such a special place to study, please contact us or arrange a visit to see for yourself. A warm welcome awaits.

Cathryn A. Charnell-White

Head of Department

Contact details


Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies,

Aberystwyth University,

Parry-Williams Building,



SY23 3AJ


+44 (0)1970 621537


cymraeg@aber.ac.uk / celtic@aber.ac.uk

Social Media:

Twitter: @CelticAber / @CymraegAber


Office Hours

The Departmental Office is open at the following times:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm