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French MA by Research

Course Description

French Studies at Swansea has research strengths in written culture, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Staff on the French MA by Research focus in particular on:

The Medieval lyric
Enlightenment drama
Nineteenth-century poetry
Twentieth-century women's writing and feminism;
Travel; and the conflicted memories of World War Two.

French boasts a dynamic research environment which has already won attention and funding from outside bodies such as the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust and the EU. Staff are also actively involved in the Centre for research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS).

Key Features

An MA by Research in French gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).

The French MA by Research will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your choosing and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.

You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.

All research students in French are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.

The MA by Research in French typically lasts from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).

The MA by Research in French is ideal for those who want:

an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD at the outset.

Research proposals are invited on any topic in French for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying

Visit the French MA by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students for the French MA by Research should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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