MA French Studies Research Track

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

A thriving postgraduate community, with a truly international outlook.

Our graduates work all over the world.

We're passionate about art and literature and what they bring to the conversation about contemporary cities and communities.

We believe wholeheartedly in public engagement with the arts and humanities. And we're leading by example, reclaiming unused urban spaces for the arts and developing innovative digital resources.

We specialise in film, visual cultures and performance, literary text, sociology, cultural history and politics, and gender studies. We teach and research poetry, contemporary art, classical music, cartoons, feminism, the French Revolution and postcolonial France.

About the course

This course is an opportunity to develop your understanding of particular aspects of French language, literature and culture while enhancing your research and critical skills.

It's designed for students who see an MA as an end in itself, as well as those who want to prepare for a PhD.

You'll develop a deeper understanding of French culture and we'll give you training in research skills.

Core modules

  • French Cultural Studies I
  • French Cultural Studies II

Optional modules

  • Advanced Translation from French
  • Case Study in Social Sciences
  • Construction of the City
  • Critical Theory
  • Directed Reading
  • Gender Studies
  • Research Skills

Students can also choose from a selection of modules run by other departments.


Teaching is in English and French, as appropriate.


  • Coursework (including essays, translations and analytical exercises)
  • Projects or a dissertation

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Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

You have the option of taking a shorter course and qualifying with a postgraduate diploma or certificate. Contact us for more information.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in French, or a degree with French as a named component. If you have a different qualification, please contact us for advice.

English language requirements: overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

If you're offered a place, you can apply for faculty awards or the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRCoAH) scholarships. The department's Marjorie Shaw bursaries are also available to MA students.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

An inspiring environment

We organise seminars, contribute to national and international conferences, and exchange with other universities in the Worldwide Universities Network.

We specialise in:

  • Film, Visual Cultures and Performance
  • Literary Text
  • Sociology
  • Cultural History and Politics
  • Gender Studies

And we teach and research subjects including:

  • Poetry
  • Contemporary Art
  • Classical Music
  • Cartoons
  • Feminism
  • The French Revolution
  • Postcolonial France

Your career

Your knowledge and skills will be useful in all kinds of careers. Our graduates work all over the world in academic research, teaching, government and cultural organisations.

Facilities and resources

We're leaders in humanities knowledge transfer and the development of digital resources. We've been awarded funding to create a database of French film stars, electronic editions of old French romances and the Chronicles of Froissart, and an online archive relating to André Gide.

Our new building has dedicated study areas for postgraduate students and a café where you can relax and catch up with friends.

The nearby Humanities Research Institute hosts seminars, workshops and conferences. The Information Commons and Western Bank Library are also close, giving you easy access to the research collections.

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson

I’m passionate about art and literature and am particularly interested in what they can bring to the conversation about contemporary cities. I explore how artists try to present another view of our world, challenging our preconceptions and confronting us with other possibilities for living.

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson, French Cultural Studies tutor

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Caroline Wordley
T: +44 (0)114 222 0631