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Ms Patrizia Oliver

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School of European Languages, Culture & Society

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Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,375
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,250
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,755

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French & 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.


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, historiography, film history, 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. UCL is at the leading edge of current debate in French, which involves challenging the boundaries of French studies and contributing to its remapping. Students are taught by nationally and internationally renowned experts in their fields.

There is a thriving research culture in the school: students can attend and participate in an extensive programme of seminars. Students also have access to conferences held at the Institute of Modern Language Research and are welcome to participate in its graduate forum.

The department has excellent research facilities, including an extensive library of films on DVD.


We welcome applications from students with a good BA in French (or related subject) for either mode of study. While it is expected that applicants will have a high level of proficiency in French, in some cases we will consider applicants without advanced level French-language qualifications who have gained equivalent skills and competence by other means.

The programme encourages innovative approaches to issues in French and Francophone studies, as well as to sharpen the creative critical responses of students. 

All MA programmes should add up to 180 credits. They can be taken as Taught or Research-Intensive Pathways, details are given below.

Taught Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (60 credits) and 90 credits-worth of other modules, at least 60 credits of which must be chosen from the language-specific pathway.

Research-Intensive Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (90 credits) and 60 credits-worth of modules from the language-specific pathway.

Compulsory Modules


French Module Options

Elective/optional modules offered as part of the MA Language Culture and History programme may be withdrawn in the event of low uptake.

Other Module Options

With the agreement of the Programme Director, students may combine their interests in French and Francophone Studies with other areas or subjects taught across the various MA programmes. Students may choose from:


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 31 July 2015.

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