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French (MA by Research)


Course Description

The Department pursues high-quality, interdisciplinary research across the range of French studies - medieval and early-modern literature and thought, nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century literature, contemporary French culture, society and politics, French thought and critical theory, feminist and gender studies, Francophone and postcolonial studies, cinema and the visual arts, linguistics and translation studies. All current 21 full-time members of stasff are research-active. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Department was ranked third in the UK in terms of "Research Power", which takes into account the number and proportion of research-active staff submitted in each unit. The Department publishes its own journal, Nottingham French Studies, founded in 1961. The Department also has a thriving postgraduate community.

This programme offers students the opportunity to conduct a sustained piece of research in a wide range of disciplines in French and Francophone Studies. Thanks to our exceptionally wide range of research expertise we can offer supervision of research degrees at MA and PhD level across the chronological spread of French studies, including the following areas: medieval literature, early modern literature and thought, 19th, 20th and 21st century literature, contemporary French culture, society and politics, French thought and critical theory, feminist and gender studies, Francophone and postcolonial studies, cinema and the visual arts, linguistics and translation studies.

Students join a thriving postgraduate community and are fully integrated into the Department’s dynamic research environment. They are invited to all seminars and research events and have their own, dedicated Work in Progress seminar programme. They have jointly organised a number of conferences, and are encouraged to present their research at national and international conferences.

Entry requirements

Those whose first language is not English must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or a TOEFL score of 600 (250 for
computer based tests) with a TWE of at least 4.5, or a TOEFL iBT score of 100 (with no less than 19 in any element). Test results should be no more than two years old.

Course structure

The MA by Research will appeal specifically to students who have a clear research area in mind and who are keen to research that area under the guidance of the appropriate supervisor(s). The programme is devised to suit either those students who intend to continue with their studies to PhD level, or those who want to study for an MA for its own interest.

Students who wish to proceed to take a PhD are required to have completed an MA course in order to acquire the necessary research skills in their chosen field of study. We require all MA students to
follow a module of research training that is delivered jointly by staff within the Department and the Graduate School which offers courses of generic training.

The course can be completed one year full-time or two years part-time and comprises:

• a course of guided reading under the supervision of the appropriate member(s) of staff
• a module of research training in research methodology and presentation
• attendance, at the regular French postgraduate work-in-progress seminars

Information about staff research interests and publications can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/french

Assessment

Students submit a 30,000-word dissertation deriving from their directed reading and completed under the supervision of the appropriate member(s) of staff. The research module is also assessed.

Careers

Many MA graduates in French Studies at Nottingham have gone on to further study for a PhD, both at Nottingham and elsewhere, and several are now in full-time lecturing posts. Others work in a
wide range of careers.

Candidates are encouraged to apply online at https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk

Visit the French (MA by Research) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Adam Horsley

Having reached the final year of my undergraduate degree at Nottingham, I took a year-long dissertation research module designed for students considering postgraduate study. This was my first chance to work on my own research project, to experience life as a postgraduate, and to benefit from wide range of research support and training available at The University of Nottingham. This experience resulted in my decision to pursue a career in academia in my chosen field, which in turn led me to begin my doctoral studies this year.
Skills Acquired:
Nottingham’s extensive range of free research training events – lead by the Graduate School and the Arts Graduate Centre – allowed me to perfect my research, time management and writing skills to name but a few. Through regular and productive meetings with my supervisors, I was able to discover my own strengths and weaknesses as a researcher and writer, and to work in particular on those weaknesses in preparation for doctoral study. I also had the opportunity to listen to conference paper sessions with PhD students, to use those conference sessions to test out my own ideas and to deliver a paper of my own.
Post-MA Study: My thesis will challenge certain definitions of libertinage in early seventeenth-century French texts that have thus far been accepted by modern critics. Examining libertin source texts and contemporary critics as well as libertin works, the thesis will determine the extent to which libertin literature constitutes an escape from servitude (as the Latin root of the word - libertinus - would suggest). It will also explain the link between the libertins and atheism; re-examining the accusations of impiety made towards these writers by men of religion in order to evaluate their validity and motives.
Continuing with this distinction between libertinage and affranchissement, the thesis will also go beyond questions of religion and philosophy to consider purely literary emancipation from regulation; that is to say texts which break with convention through their form rather than their content. In these instances, it will examine works which are indeed freed from literary convention, but which were not accused of libertinage, and determine why this is the case.


(Scholarship)

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Studentships and Bursaries - Single Award

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures awards a number of Studentships (fees and maintenance at home/EU rates), fee-waivers and smaller bursaries for postgraduate study at Nottingham. All studentships and bursaries are competitive and are awarded on academic merit. The School MA award covers tuition fees at the university UK/EU level, or the equivalent as a bursary. International overseas students who gain one of these awards will therefore have to cover the difference between UK/EU and O/S rates.If you are applying from overseas you should consult the funding database via the International Office webpage for details of any specific schemes for which you may be eligible to apply at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/international.To find out more please contact the Postgraduate and Research Office in the first instance:
Tel: +44 (0)115 84 68316/68317/68269
Fax: +44 (0)115 84 68587
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee-waiver at the university UK/EU rate, or equivalent as a bursary.

Eligibility

You will either have, or be expecting to achieve a good first degree (upper second or higher) in an appropriate area. Both full-time and part-time students may apply.
To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place to undertake a programme of study/research in the Department.
AHRC/BGP applicants will automatically be considered for these awards and are not required to submit a separate application.

Application Procedure

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place for postgraduate study at Nottingham. You should do this by early February. The application form can be found at: https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk.
The School is holding a Postgraduate Advisory Day on Wednesday 9 February 2011 during which you will be given further details of the funding competition and will be able to discuss your own application. You will be required to supply your Department with a recent sample of your academic writing which will be used to assist Departments to assess the strength of your application. The deadline for receipt of formal application to be considered for SMLC funding is 5 May 2011. Fully completed applications,* with two references, should be emailed to [email protected]*Further details on the procedure for applications and application forms will be made available via the Departmental webpage in the New Year.

Further Information

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/clas/prospective/postgraduate/pg-funding/fundingopportunities.aspx


(Scholarship)

AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentships - 2 Awards

Under the AHRC Block Grant Partnership scheme we can offer 2 awards at the University of Nottingham for MA study in French from October 2011.
The AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentships cover fees (at UK/EU rates) and a maintenance allowance. To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place on one of the degrees within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Both full-time and part-time students may apply. To find out more please contact the Postgraduate and Research Office in the first instance:
Tel: +44 (0)115 84 68316/68317/68269
Fax: +44 (0)115 84 68587
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fees (at UK/EU rates) and maintenance allowance (rates to be confirmed)

Eligibility

UK students who satisfy certain residency criteria are eligible to apply for full awards covering fees and maintenance. Students from EU countries other than the UK who satisfy certain residency criteria are eligible to apply for fees-only awards.

Application Procedure

You can apply online for a place for postgraduate study at: https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk/ Please indicate on the application form that you wish to be considered for funding by indicating AHRC Studentship under the section ‘how you wish to finance your studies’. You will then be advised on the precise procedures for submitting funding applications. The closing date for completed AHRC applications to the University of Nottingham is 28 February 2011, but you should have submitted your draft proposal to the Department by the beginning of February 2011.

Further Information

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/modern-languages



Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in an arts, humanities or social science subject. IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details


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