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Course content

Studying our French Literature & Culture MA means joining a lively and welcoming French department and dipping into London’s unparalleled cultural and intellectual life, including its collections of French art and its French film festival, plus other connected events. The course offers research methodology and critical theory as a core component, with a wide choice of options ranging from Medieval Occitan to Contemporary French Women’s Writing. 

Leads to careers in universities, the media, arts, teaching, journalism and many other sectors.

Key benefits

  • Unique range of modules across all periods of French and Francophone literature.
  • Staff in the French department pride themselves on taking a close interest in graduate students, and on offering teaching, often in small groups, that draws on the breadth and depth of their research expertise and enthusiasm.
  • Modules taught by established specialists in a department with a lively postgraduate culture.
  • Particular strengths in literary and critical theory and in literary studies of all periods, from medieval French and Occitan literature to the present.
  • Located in the heart of London.


This French Literature & Culture MA centres on a module in literary and critical theory. Our optional modules, which reflect the research interests and expertise of our staff, range from the Middle Ages to the present day, including modern French thought and Francophone literature. This gives the course a unique depth and range and offers you the opportunity to explore a variety of interests. You will also have the opportunity to take our innovative modules in advanced French language studies (subject to availability) as well as modules from other courses to provide a rich and diverse course, tailored to your own interests and needs. If you are looking to further your knowledge of French literature and culture and/or to prepare for research, this course is ideally suited for you.

Course purpose

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

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student, we will provide six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 34 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 16 to 18 hours of independent study.

For your dissertation we will organise a workshop and provide you with four hours of supervision.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


We will assess you through a mixture of coursework and occasionally exams. Your coursework will normally consist of a 5,000-word essay per module (two for the required module Research Methodology). We will assess your dissertation module through an oral presentation and a 12,000-word essay.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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