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About the course

This course is an opportunity to develop your understanding of particular aspects of French language, literature and culture while enhancing your research and critical skills. It’s designed for students who see an MA as an end in itself, as well as those who want to prepare for a PhD.

All students take a core module, which is updated each year. This year students are examining writings by key French and francophone intellectuals including Cixous, Deleuze, Foucault and Glissant alongside texts from the eighteenth century onwards, to examine issues such as consumer culture, gender and race, and problems of identity and power.

You also have the option to take a shorter course and qualify with a postgraduate diploma or certificate. Please contact us for further information.

International careers

Your knowledge and skills will be useful in all kinds of careers. Our graduates work all over the world in academic research, teaching, government and cultural organisations.

An inspiring environment

We organise seminars, contribute to national and international conferences, and exchange expertise with other universities in the Worldwide Universities Network.

We specialise in film, visual cultures and performance, literary text, sociology, cultural history and politics, and gender studies. We teach and research subjects including poetry, contemporary art, classical music, cartoons, feminism, the French Revolution and postcolonial France.

Facilities and resources

We’re leaders in humanities knowledge transfer and the development of digital resources. We’ve been awarded funding to create a database of French film stars, electronic editions of old French romances and the Chronicles of Froissart, and an online archive relating to André Gide.

Our new building has dedicated study areas for postgraduate students and a café where you can relax and catch up with friends. The nearby Humanities Research Institute hosts seminars, workshops and conferences. The Information Commons and Western Bank Library are also close, giving you easy access to research collections.

Core modules

  • French Cultural Studies I
  • French Cultural Studies II

Examples of optional modules

  • Advanced Translation from French
  • Case Study in Social Sciences
  • Constructions of the City
  • Critical Theory
  • Directed Reading
  • Gender Studies
  • Research Skills

Students can also choose from a selection of modules run by other departments.


If you’re offered a place, you can apply for faculty awards or the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRCoAH) scholarships. The department’s Marjorie Shaw bursaries are also available to MA students.

Teaching and assessment

We teach in English and French, as appropriate. Assessment is by coursework (including essays, translations and analytical exercises) and projects or a dissertation.

Visit the MA French Studies (Research Track) page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!




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