AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Celtic Languages

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies(CAWCS) are inviting applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded studentships for three years of PhD study for students starting at either institution in 2014-15.

This will be at the annually published AHRC rates and will include an annual stipend, plus tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.

The new collaborative Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in the Celtic Languages is funded by the AHRC for the period 2014-19 and will manage, during that time, doctoral scholarships and training programmes in Celtic Languages, Literatures and Cultures. A consortium of 12 higher education institutions (HEIs) across the UK will award doctoral studentships and support the training of students in a new, collaborative fashion. The Consortium Members are the universities of Aberdeen, Bangor, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, Swansea, Queens University Belfast, the University of Ulster, the University of the Highlands and Islands/Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, UWTSD, and the University of Wales. The Centre is managed by the University of Glasgow.

In 2014/15, the DTC in Celtic Languages will fund approximately 5 studentships, which may be held at any one of our consortium HEIs. UWTSD and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies particularly encourage applications in:

  • Feminine Sanctity and Middle Welsh hagiography
  • Medieval Welsh prose and poetry
  • Medieval Welsh religious history
  • Second language acquisition and bilingual education
  • Sociolinguistics and dialectology
  • Language planning
  • The early Celtic languages
  • Medieval Welsh literature
  • Celtic saints
  • The literature of Wales in the Romantic period
  • Place-names
  • Lexicography

For a Welsh language version of this advert please contact Dr Christine Jones c.m.jones@tsd.ac.uk

Funding applies to:

See AHRC student funding guide for full details of eligibility due to funding rerstrictions the Studentships are open to EU applicants (including UK)

Administrative contact and how to apply:

In order to be considered for nomination to the AHRC CDT you will first need to apply for Doctoral Study (with initial registration as an MPhil student) through UWTSD’s application procedure. The deadline for receipt of applications to UWTSD is Friday 31st January 2014. Students being nominated for UWTSD as the host HEI will be advised of this by Friday, 14th February 2014 at the latest. Nominated students will then need to complete a DTC application form; the deadline for receipt for UWTSD nominees will be 26th February (10.00am).  In the first instance you should contact the UWTSD Postgraduate Research Office at:

Email: pgresearch@tsd.ac.uk Telephone:   01570 424900

You should also speak to prospective supervisors at the School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies (UWTSD) or atthe Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studiesto discuss your interests. You will need to provide a detailed description of your proposed research project.


Dr Jane Cartwright j.cartwright@tsd.ac.uk  01570 424870 Dr Christine Jones c.m.jones@tsd.ac.uk   01570 424931 or 01267 676774 Dr David Parsons. d.parsons@wales.ac.uk  

Application deadline:

Friday 31st January 2014

To apply please go to:


Current Research Projects

The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David has a thriving postgraduate community with students from across a wide variety of disciplines and levels, from full-time research degrees to part time Professional Doctorates and PhD's by Published Works.

The university strives hard to help you achieve your goals in your research area.

As an example of the wide ranging subject areas that are researched here at the university, here is a list of some of the thesis titles that are currently being supervised:

  • Religious rights for non-Muslims in Malaysia; special reference to Islamic Law.
  • Tân ar y Cwmin : Co-productions in the context of the development of S4C.
  • The role of Islamic Shari'ah in prevention of drugs abuse and their impact on the citizens of the Emirate of Dubai in the UAE.
  • Impact of modern Arab discourse on Arab identity 1979 - 2003.
  • Smuggling in the USA since independence.
  • The Theme of Christ's post ascension ministry and the challenge to communicate it in a contemporary Adventist community: A case study in the Latvian Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
  • The Human Person as relation: The icon of the Holy Trinity in St Bonaventure.
  • The Bond Girls: the representation of women in the Bond films.
  • The Compliancy and Effectiveness of Islamic Debt-Based Financing in the Malaysian Economy.
  • Teaching Arabic as a forging of language; special reference to Malaysia.
  • Religion and Peacemaking in Sierra Leone.
  • The commercialisation of Islamic Insurance or Takaful; Critical analysis on Business Models applied by Takaful operators in Malaysia.
  • Ralph D Winter: Life and core Missiology.
  • Minds, Souls and Nature: A Systems-Philosophical Analysis of the Mind-Body Relationship in the Light of Near-Death Experiences.
  • Is theology rational? A critical study of Ward's Introduction to The Postmodern God and Milbank's Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason.
  • How far does Parish Nursing make a difference to the mission of English churches?