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French Literature and Culture MA

Course Description

The French Literature & Culture MA provides teaching based on research culture. Core module in research methodology and critical theory plus a wide choice of optional modules from Medieval Occitan to Contemporary French Women's Writing. Ideal preparation for research or careers in teaching, journalism, cultural management, financial sector and the EU.

Key benefits

- Unique range of modules across all periods of French and Francophone literature.

- Modules taught by established specialists in a department with a lively postgraduate culture

- Particular strengths in literary and critical theory and medieval French and Occitan literature.

- Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/french-literature-and-culture-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme is centred around a core module in literary and critical theory. Optional modules reflect the research interests of staff and range from the Middle Ages to the present day (including modern French thought and Francophone literature), giving the programme a unique depth and range. Students also have the opportunity to take our innovative web-based modules in advanced French language as well as modules from other programmes.

- Course purpose -

For students seeking to further their knowledge of French literature and culture and/or to prepare for research.

- Course format and assessment -

All modules taught by seminar. Core module and optional modules assessed by extended essay. Compulsory dissertation of 12,000 words.

Career Prospects:

Research in our department or other institutions; careers in teaching, journalism, cultural management. Many of our students work in the European Union.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 21 universities worldwide (2016/17 QS World University Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the French Literature and Culture MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)


1992.jpg The main reason I chose to study an MA in French Literature at King's was the fantastic time I had here as an undergraduate. I value the sense of community in my department, the fact that my tutors really are tutors and not just academics, and the chance to further develop my thinking in a nurturing, curious and enlightening environment. It's a profoundly perspective-altering experience to spend time in an institution that is truly international.

The hugely eclectic range of backgrounds of the people I meet on campus make me appreciate just how valuable time at King's is. Our small seminar groups allow each person ample opportunity to develop their arguments, discuss ideas, respond, react and delve deep into the detail of our course. Tutors approach these seminars with a light touch, allowing us to gain confidence in our academic abilities and gain a fuller, more independent understanding of our subject - skills that will no doubt prove precious in the future, both in and outside the classroom.

Receiving a studentship for all this has been invaluable - it has meant being able, if just for a year, to throw myself fully into a subject I find so fascinating, without money troubles getting in the way. Time spent at King's for me has been time spent in the best way possible; broadening, challenging, enlivening, fun.

(Student Profile)


1993.jpg After thoroughly enjoying studying French literature at undergraduate level I decided to stay at the university that had given me such a wonderful undergraduate experience.

I chose the MA in French literature and culture because not only does King’s have an excellent reputation for French research but the course also covered a wide variety of modules including literature, theory and philosophy. The core course particularly appealed to me as it covers a wide variety of theory which has shaped French literature and culture, therefore giving every student a great basis upon which to further their studies and pursue an academic career.

I specifically chose the MA because of the modules in Contemporary French Women’s writing and Francophone literature which correspond to my desire to conduct research in these areas. I also chose to stay on at King’s because the academic staff are not only very knowledgeable but are also very helpful and keen to discuss students’ ideas with them.

I also enjoy participating in research seminars across all departments, wherein fascinating ideas are always aired. Moreover, I am involved in the Staff Student liaison committee which gives me an insight into what it is like to be an academic. I also continue to work as a student ambassador, a job which has taught me many skills, and through which I have met many interesting people.

I feel confident that my overall experience at King’s, and my MA course itself, will prepare me for the career in academia which I desire, and, within such a competitive field, an MA from King’s is a significant asset.


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in French or in a combined honours degree including French. US applicants should have GPA 3.3 or above. We may consider other relevant experience or qualifications where appropriate. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

Last Updated

06 February 2017

Course Fees

(2017/18) Full time: UK/EU: £9,450. Overseas: £18,420. Part time: UK/EU: £4,725. Overseas: £9,210

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