The French and Francophone Studies pathway of the MA in Language, Culture and History aims to encourage innovative approaches to issues in the field, as well as to sharpen students' creative and critical responses.
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Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
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 modules are designed to offer exciting critical engagement with topical issues currently being addressed in French and francophone studies and modern language studies more widely, such as text and theory, text and image, historiography, trauma, creativity and post-colonial theory.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme offers two pathways: taught and research. Taught: one core cross-language module (30 credits), three taught modules (90 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core cross-language module (30 credits), two taught modules (60 credits), and a research dissertation (90 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) full-time nine months or part-time two years, is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate, one core module (30 credits), one optional module (30 credits) full-time three months, part-time six months, is offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Language, Culture and History: French and Francophone Studies. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Language, Culture and History: French and Francophone Studies. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Language, Culture and History: French and Francophone Studies.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Language, Culture and History. This core module permits research into two areas of major contemporary interest; recent modules available have included Memory, The Past, Sexuality, Warfare.
Click here for a full list of all PG modules in SELCS. Students choose from a range of optional modules on topics such as the following:
- Culture of AIDS in France: History, Policy and Representation
- Gender, Race and Sexuality: New Readings in Francophone Literature and Visual Culture
- Dominating Texts? Literary Power Relations in 20th Century French Literature
- The French New Wave: Cahiers Cinema
- Advanced Translation
- Translation into French
- Fiction and the Archives: Writing and Rewriting of Criminal Stories in Early Modern France
- Topics in Modern French History
- Writing Composers: The Fiction of Music in the Long Nineteenth Century
- Fiction and the Archives: The Writing and Rewriting of Criminal Stories in Early Modern France
- Realism Looking Awry in Nineteenth-Century France
- The Front National and Far Right Politics in France
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 words for the research pathway.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. French-specific translation modules are assessed by take-home examinations. Other modules are mainly assessed by essays.
Applicants to this programme are automatically considered for the Siva-Finestone Scholarship in French and the Jean Orr Scholarship. Several other funding options may be available, including: Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards, UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and the Rothschild Scholarship.
For details of scholarships available to MA students in SELCS, please refer to the MA Scholarships webpage.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £7,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Why 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.
Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
Application and next steps
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
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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.
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