About the Section

A vibrant community built on excellence in research and teaching, French at Sheffield will give you the tools for linguistic fluency and critical engagement with French and francophone culture and society.

French at Sheffield is a dynamic community that offers a diverse and exciting learning experience. It has been home to outstanding scholars in French language, culture, literature and society since the first Chair in French was created in 1901 and has inspired a passion for and understanding of all things French and francophone in generations of students.

Full details of academic staff can be found here


We are committed to research-led learning and teaching – engaging our students with the latest thinking and approaches in a diverse range of areas of French and francophone Studies. Our students also have the opportunity to experience research as part of the learning process and do so as part of seminar preparation, presentations and written coursework.

Our core language modules provide bespoke learning resources for students which draw on coverage of current events and important aspects of French culture and society.

Students consistently rate our courses as very good (the highest score) for their structure, the quality of course materials, the level of intellectual stimulation and the knowledge and enthusiasm of the teaching staff. 


We have a long and proud tradition of world-class research in French Studies. Staff in the Section regularly publish books and articles in scholarly journals, speak at major international conferences and organize public events to communicate their research to diverse audiences.

The results of the 2014 REF Research Evaluation Framework put the School in the Top 10 of Russell Group Universities

More about our research and REF results

French outside the classroom

French at Sheffield is active beyond the classroom and you can get involved in a broad series of activities. As well as research seminars there are student-led activities including the annual French play, writing for the online magazine ‘Fleuves’, soirées ciné and the book group. Our dynamic student society, the Cercle français organises a wide variety of events throughout the year.