MA in French Studies

Masters Funding for 2018 entry

Applications for scholarships will be announced here shortly.

The MA in French Studies can be taken as a 1-year full-time or as a 2-year part-time programme. Its content is varied and its structure flexible. Students will develop both language skills and specialist knowledge in French studies as well as having the opportunity to take modules across the School of Languages and Cultures and across the Faculty of Arts. The MA is designed to cater for students who seek a qualification with a prominent vocational profile as well as for those students who wish to further develop writing and research skills with a view to pursuing doctoral study.

French Postgraduates

Each student accepted on to the MA French Studies Programme will take a core module comprising discrete units on a range of French and Francophone cultural production and expression. The subject matter is varied, ranging from literature, poetry and music to cartoon art and life writing. One constant, however, is that each unit is taught within a critical and analytical framework drawn from the work of contemporary theorists thereby enabling the student to acquire key skills in the methodology of critical theory. 

In addition to the core module and the School and Faculty modules, students can choose from a variety of modules based within French and, here again, students are able to tailor the content of their course to suit their interests. For example, a directed reading module enables students to arrange one-to-one tutorials with staff members on a subject of particular interest to them like gender studies, post-colonial literature or the French Revolution

The French section and the School also offer credit bearing research training modules as part of the programme which offer particularly useful preparation for the dissertation element of the assessment.

"I started studying towards a PGCE in French and Spanish at the University of Sheffield. I then became a Modern Languages teacher. Though, I felt highly unchallenged by my role and my duties. I came to the conclusion that I needed to get back to academia in order to evolve professionally. It felt only natural to come back to the University of Sheffield to complete a Masters in French Cultural studies. I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed researching and thrived in my own knowledge and understanding of French Culture. As a French national, I felt that my research allowed me to distance myself and thus to be more critical towards my own culture and history. As a part time and self-funded student, juggling professional and academic lives has proven itself at times challenging, however, thanks to the support of the administrative and academic staffs, I have succeeded in both fields as I have just graduated and am currently employed by the University of Sheffield in the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Looking back, I feel that the University of Sheffield allowed me to develop myself academically and professionally." Aurore Sansinena

Entry Requirements:

  • Candidates are expected to have attained a 2i in their Bachelor degree studies or international equivalent in any branch of French Studies. We also consider applications from graduates in other disciplines who have relevant language skills and candidates with lesser grades may also be considered.
  • International applicants should hold, or expect, an IELTS language test with an overall result of 7.0 (and a minimum of 6.5 in each component);
  • Two academic references;
  • Personal statement.  The statement should be no more than 350 words and tell us why you are interested in the French Studies programme and how it will help you in your future career/ research.
  • Students may also be able to take fewer credits and qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate. Please contact us for further information if interested in this option

The course content and structure can be found at this link:

MA French Studies

Fees and Funding information can be found here:


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