Masters degrees in French Literature & Language involve advanced study of the modern and historic French language, its usage, and the literary traditions developed within it.
Related postgraduate specialises include Comparative Literature, and Modern European Literature. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in Languages and Literature or Cultural Studies.
Courses in this field offer a range of research topics and practical training opportunities for postgraduates, ranging from critical analysis of historical and contemporary literature, through to training in French translation.
For example, you might opt to inspect the cultural significance of classical French literature, with notable periods including the French Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment.
Alternatively, you may take a contemporary approach to your learning, analysing French creoles or Francophones of the Caribbean and their literary significance. You could even scrutinise modern representations of reality in autobiography or French film.
Careers in this field are highly varied, and may include traditional routes into academia and publishing, or the media such as journalism and broadcasting. Other careers may include translation, public relations and even foreign policy.
The French and Francophone Studies pathway of the MA in Language, Culture and History aims to encourage innovative approaches to issues in the field, as well as to sharpen students' creative and critical responses.
The programme provides a thorough understanding of key methods and issues in textual criticism, and of aspects of French and francophone culture, within a broadly interdisciplinary focus. The modules are designed to offer exciting critical engagement with topical issues currently being addressed in French and francophone studies and modern language studies more widely, such as text and theory, text and image, historiography, trauma, creativity and post-colonial theory.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme offers two pathways: taught and research. Taught: one core cross-language module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core cross-language module (30 credits), two taught modules (60 credits), and a research dissertation (90 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) full-time nine months or part-time two years, is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate, one core module (30 credits), one optional module (30 credits) full-time three months, part-time six months, is offered.
Students take a choice of optional modules on topics such as the following:
All students undertake an independent research project related to the broad area of French and Francophone Studies, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words, for the taught pathway and 18,000 words for the research pathway.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. French-specific translation modules are assessed by take-home examinations. Other modules are mainly assessed by essays.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Language, Culture and History: French and Francophone Studies MA
The programme provides an excellent foundation for further doctoral study in the field. Graduates of the department have entered a wide range of professions including finance, commerce, journalism, education, the media, public relations, translation and interpreting, and the police.
UCL has a renowned tradition in both teaching and research in French, dating back to its foundation in 1826 and continuing to the present day. UCL is at the leading-edge of current debate in French, which involves challenging the boundaries of French studies and contributing to its remapping. Students are taught by nationally and internationally renowned experts in their fields.
There is a thriving research culture in the school: students can attend and participate in an extensive programme of seminars. Students also have access to conferences held at the Institute of Modern Language Research and are welcome to participate in its graduate forum.
The department has excellent research facilities, including an extensive library of films on DVD.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
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.
For students seeking to further their knowledge of French literature and culture and/or to prepare for research.
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.
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.