French and Francophone Studies

Postgraduate study

French and Francophone Studies at Edinburgh University has enjoyed a consistently excellent record in research and publications, reflected in the outcomes of successive Research Assessment Exercises.

In the first evaluation, French and Francophone Studies was one of the few to be given a star and in the 2001 exercise, and was given a rating of 5 (out of 5). With 85% of our research activity judged as being of international standard or above in the 2008 RAE exercise, French and Francophone Studies has a very strong overall ranking within the discipline.

We have a sizeable, dynamic, enterprising, and steadily expanding community of research postgraduate students, which means that incoming postgraduates will find themselves in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Research degrees

Research degrees
French and Francophone Studies welcomes candidates who wish to pursue French Studies through the degrees of MSc by Research and PhD.

Taught MSc interdisciplinary programmes

Although there is no separate taught MSc in French Studies, French and Francophone Studies is an active contributor to the following interdisciplinary MSc programmes offered by the Graduate School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures:

Postgraduate exchange programmes

Postgraduate exchange programmes
We participate in two exchange programmes for postgraduate students.

Postgraduate scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships
In addition to the College scholarships, students undertaking postgraduate study in French can apply for two dedicated awards.


Hear from some of our alumni what they have gone on to do since completing their postgraduate degrees at Edinburgh.

Current PhD students

Current PhD students in French and Francophone Studies.