The French section welcomes candidates who wish to pursue French Studies through the degrees of MSc by Research and PhD.
We offer supervision for the MSc by Research and PhD degrees in most areas of French cultural studies, including:
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.
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.
Profiles of some of our current PhD students are available here:
PhD student profiles
You can apply online for any of our research degrees in French.