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.
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.