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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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 postcolonial theory.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a renowned tradition in both teaching and research in French, dating back to its foundation in 1826 and continuing to the present day. There is a thriving research culture in the school: students can attend and participate to an extensive programme 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 Modern Language Research and can participate in its Graduate Forum.

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 (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
  • Self and Society


  • 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:


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

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

This award is based on academic merit and is open to prospective students of the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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 students who do not have formal qualifications in French, but who are competent in the language, will be considered.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Johnson & Alcock, Literary Agent, 2011
  • UCL, PhD Comparative Literature, 2011

Next steps



Ms Patrizia Oliver

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7024


School of European Languages, Culture & Society

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