French and Francophone Studies


Research projects, centres, networks and publications in French and Francophone Studies.

Research excellence

Photo of panellists talking at an event with a graphic saying 3rd in the UK

In the latest Research Excellence Framework - REF 2021 - our research in French and Francophone Studies was submitted in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Panel D - Arts and Humanities; Unit of Assessment 26).

The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK.

As published in Times Higher Education's REF power ratings, this result is based on the quality and breadth of our research in Modern Languages and Linguistics. 

Read more about our School's performance in REF 2021 

Browse Edinburgh Research Explorer for staff profiles, research outputs and activities 

Selected research centres and networks

Research centres and networks range from formal collaborations to informal groups of researchers working together on a theme or challenge.

A number are based in - or are affiliated with - French and Francophone Studies; others are based elsewhere in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), the University of Edinburgh, or the wider academic community, but involve our staff and students.

The groups provide opportunities for researchers at all career stages to work together with partners and stakeholders in organising events, workshopping publications, engaging audiences outside the academy, and exploring ideas for future projects and funding bids.

Selected research projects

Postgraduate research and supervision

Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to make an original, positive contribution to research in French and Francophone Studies.

Join our interdisciplinary community and undertake your PhD under the guidance of our experienced and well-published supervisors. We also offer a one year Masters by Research degree, which is a good stepping stone between undergraduate and doctoral study.

French has been taught here since 1894, making it one of the first European languages to be offered at Edinburgh.

We specialise in the language, literatures and cultures of France and the many countries around the world in which French is spoken.

Find out more about postgraduate research in French

Read our pre-application guidance on writing a PhD research proposal

Beyond the books

Beyond the Books is a podcast that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and the people who make it happen. 

In Series 1 - Episode 4 host Ellen Davis-Walker spoke to Peter Dayan, Professor of Word and Music Studies about his R. Gapper Book Prize-winning 'The Music of Dada: A Lesson in Intermediality for our Times'. The episode is subtitled.

Listen to Series 1 - Episode 4 of Beyond the Books on MediaHopper

Browse all episodes of Beyond the Books