Masters degrees in French Society & Culture involve advanced study of the societal and cultural institutions formed through the beliefs and practices of peoples originating form, or associated with, France.
Related postgraduate specialisms include French Literature and Culture, and Modern French Studies. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Languages and Literature, or Cultural Studies.
France, and particularly its capital Paris, has played an important role as a centre of high culture since the 17th century, both in Europe and across the globe. It has also been a centre for great economic development, scientific discovery, technological advancement, and social unity.
Courses in this field encourage you to understand the ways in which socioeconomic developments, cultural practices and social movements have shaped modern-day France. This may include examining the means through which issues such as gender equality, race, identity and class are approached in modern French life.
Careers in this field vary from roles in academia, to positions in public and private sector organisations. This could include for example translation services, public relations, heritage management or international policy.
We offer supervision for the PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research degrees in most areas of French cultural studies.
The PhD and MPhil degrees allow you to pursue a research topic in depth and produce a substantial thesis.
The MSc by Research programme is designed to enable students who have taken a first degree in French to specialise in an aspect of French literature or culture which interests them, while acquiring core skills in theories and methods of study applicable to their topic.
Students spend the first half of the degree programme doing preliminary research and writing two essays on their chosen field of study, while following a taught course according to their specialisation. They then write a dissertation, on a topic agreed with their supervisor.
French at the University of Edinburgh has enjoyed a consistently excellent record in research and publications, confirmed in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, which ranked 55% of our research as world leading or internationally excellent.
Language, to us, is inseparable from culture. As such, we encourage you to think broadly and explore the implications of language in a wider perspective. Our research expertise covers a wide range of areas including:
All research students follow a core course in Theory and Methods of Literary Study plus a course of research training, which includes bibliographic skills, project development and dissertation and thesis writing. You will participate in regular research seminars run by French, Film Studies, European Theatre and Translation Studies.
As a member of our dynamic and enterprising postgraduate research community, you will have access to a comprehensive range of resources, including world-class libraries (the National Library of Scotland holds one of the best French collections in the UK), membership of the Institut Français d’Ecosse, and access to a number of specialised facilities, such as the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belges which hosts a regular programme of talks and conferences.