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Contact details

Mrs Patrizia Oliver

Email: patrizia.oliver@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7024

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Several funding options may be possible for applicants to this programme, including: Arts and Humanities Faculty Awards, UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and Rothschild Scholarship.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Not Applicable
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

French and Francophone Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

French and Francophone Studies is a designated pathway of the Language, Culture and History MA. The programme as a whole aims to encourage innovative approaches to issues in the field, as well as to sharpen the creative critical responses of students.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

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 courses are designed to offer exciting critical engagement with topical issues currently being addressed in French and Francophone studies, including: text and theory, text and image, political theology, historiography, trauma, creativity and repetition.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a renowned tradition in both teaching and research in French, dating back to the foundation of the College in 1826 and continuing to the present day. There is a thriving research culture in the School: students can attend and participate in a range of postgraduate-run seminars.

UCL is at the leading edge of current debate in French, which involves challenging the boundaries of French studies and contributing to its remapping.

The department has excellent research facilities, including an extensive library of films on DVD. Graduate students also have access to conferences held at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies and can participate in its Graduate Forum.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: taught and research. Taught: one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core module (30 credits), two taught modules, which can be drawn from either French courses or from outside the department (60 credits), and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Module

  • Language, Culture and History. This core module permits research into two of the following fields:
  • Postcolonialism
  • Visual culture
  • Trauma
  • Memory
  • Collective identities
  • Subjectivity and the self


  • Dead Things and Demolition Sites:
  • Cultural, Visual and Historical Representations in France, 1598–1889
  • Political Theologies between the Early and the Postmodern
  • Advanced French Translation
  • Gender, Race and Sexuality: New Readings in Francophone Literature and Visual Art


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 for research.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. The core courses are each assessed by one 5,000-word essay.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree involving specialisation in French from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applications from appropriately trained students who do not have competence in reading French are welcomed.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. However it is recommended that applicants who are also applying for funding submit their application as early as possible and well in advance of individual funding deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme will appeal to students wishing to extend their knowledge in this field and/or preparing for future PhD work. Although aimed at students with a first degree in French, students without French reading skills will be considered. Most of the set texts are available in English translation, and can be used for assessments.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study French and Francophone Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study French and Francophone Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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