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Prospective postgraduates

The French Section offers a number of exciting possibilities to students who are interested in postgraduate study.

We are offering a brand new programme called the MA Modern Languages and Cultures for students starting in 2019. On this programme you can specialise in a single area of study such as French and Francophone Studies or you can pursue a broader programme of different areas of study crossing the full range of languages and cultures we offer. This programme will replace the MA French Studies.

Our MA in French Studies is a flexible programme that allows students to undertake in-depth study of key areas of French literature and culture. There are also options to take research focused modules which are specifically designed to cater for students wanting to go on to MPhil/PhD study. Please click here to see the MA programme we will be offering in 2017/18.

Photo: Postgraduate students

Our academic staff can offer MPhil/PhD supervision on a wide variety of topics, a selection of which are listed below:

  • French Literature and literary theory from the Middle Ages to date.
  • Feminism and Gender Studies
  • Film studies including documentary film.
  • Sociology, including gender studies, the informal economy and social exclusion.
  • Cultural history, theory and the history of ideas
  • Popular culture including cartoon art.
  • Twentieth century theatre and puppetry.
  • Poetry and Poetics and the relationship to music, voice and performance.
  • Prison narratives; narratives of incarceration and 'reform'.
  • Contemporary visual arts and art criticism in France and Algeria
  • History including the French Revolution, the Nazi Occupation of France, the Third and Fifth Republics.
  • Travel literature.
  • Life writing and diary testimony.
  • Postcolonial West African literature and publishing, society and culture.
  • Ethnicity and French national identity

Please see the individual staff pages for further information about the staff who would be delighted to supervise you or else e-mail our Admissions team with your enquiry in the first instance:

Funding possibilities.

University Open Days

Each session, we hold a University Open Day when prospective postgraduate students can come and visit the staff and students and:

  • Find out more about the course(s) you are interested in studying in the
    Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Find out about our facilities and services for Postgraduate communities
  • Find out about funding and the application process

You can sign up for a postgraduate visit afternoon or Open Day via the links below. In addition, you are more than welcome to come to the French Section to discuss your plans personally with members of staff. E-mail  to arrange a mutually convenient time to do this.

University Open Days and visit afternoons