Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: French and Francophone Studies

Why choose French and Francophone Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering four-year honours programmes that include a year studying or working abroad. If you’re taking French and another language, you’ll divide your year abroad between two countries, further broadening your skills and experience.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 12th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • Edinburgh has lots of activities, societies and clubs for language enthusiasts, including the 'Escogriffes' theatre society and Babble creative writing magazine.

  • The city’s French film scene is particularly strong, with an annual French Film Festival and plenty to see throughout the year, including at the nearby Institut français d’Écosse.

Study abroad

The thing I like most is the opportunity to study a wide range of courses. This has allowed me to explore things I would otherwise have limited knowledge of, including politics and comparative literature.

Anna Simonson 4th year MA (Hons) French & Spanish
Anna Simonson 4th year MA (Hons) French & Spanish

Introducing French and Francophone Studies

French is a major world language spoken in Europe, Africa and Canada. At Edinburgh, you will study French in the context of many countries, cultures and societies, exploring Francophone literature and cinema, fascinating political history, social movements and philosophical ideas.

You can take French as a single honours programme or as a joint honours with one of a wide range of other subjects, including a number of other European languages. On most programmes, you have the opportunity to acquire near-native fluency in French while gaining the broad cultural education prized by graduate employers.

As a large subject area, French and Francophone studies can offer you courses spanning the Middle Ages to the 21st Century, including specialist options taught by leading experts in their field. Topics include post-colonial studies, gender studies and word and music studies, among others.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's central area in a world-leading festival city bursting with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, including one of the best French collections in the UK in the National Library of Scotland.