French and Francophone Studies

Research degrees

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

Research topics

We offer supervision for the MSc by Research and PhD degrees in most areas of French cultural studies, including:

  • literary and linguistic studies from the Middle Ages to the present
  • Francophone and post-colonial studies
  • autobiography
  • word and image
  • word and music
  • cinema
  • contemporary politics and institutions

We very much welcome enquiries about all our research degrees. If you are thinking of studying for a research degree you are encouraged to consult the list of members of staff, which gives their research interests. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any member of staff whose interests seem to correspond to your proposed field of study.

French and Francophone Studies staff

MSc by Research

The MSc by Research programme is designed to enable students who have taken a first degree in French to specialise in an aspect of French literature or culture which interests them, while acquiring core skills in theories and methods of study applicable to their topic.

Students spend the first half of the degree programme doing preliminary research and writing two essays on their chosen field of study, while following a course on Theory and Methods of Literary Study, Film Theory and Criticism, or Palaeography and Codicology according to their specialisation. They then write a dissertation, on a topic agreed with their supervisor.

Assessment of the MSc by Research is by essays and dissertation.

The structure of the MSc by Research can be seen by looking at the Degree Programme Table.


Assessment of the PhD degree is by thesis only.

PhD student profiles

Profiles of some of our current PhD students are available here:

PhD student profiles

How to apply

You can apply online for any of our research degrees in French.