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MA for Research in French and Francophone Studies

This innovative taught MA is designed for students with a strong undergraduate academic background in French or francophone studies who want to pursue advanced individualized research into areas of expertise covered by the School's French Studies staff. We anticipate that students on this MA will consider progressing to MPhil/PhD research within the School. It can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, although we would expect most students to take the full-time route.


The MA for Research in French and Francophone Studies is tailored to a student's individual needs through close consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and dedicated tutors. The MA for Research therefore helps each student to acquire a reinforced grounding in the discipline and essential research techniques, but focuses on nurturing an advanced exploration of specialist areas.

Structure and assessment

The syllabus for the MA for Research in French and Francophone Studies comprises:

  • A taught module, typically taken in the first term, and assessed by a 5,000 word essay (it is expected that most students will take Critical Theory In Modern Languages).
  • Two supervised study programmes (Advanced Study Options), each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
  • A 20,000 word dissertation.
  • A skills programme (assessed by two short bibliographical exercises), which normally includes:
    • Library induction / Electronic Resources in French Studies
    • Giving Oral Presentations and Using PowerPoint and other presentation tools
    • Writing a Literature Review
    • Choosing and Writing a Dissertation
    • Writing a PhD proposal; and Applying for Funding

For more details, please contact:

Prof Ingrid De Smet
Director of Graduate Studies (French Studies)
I dot de-Smet at warwick dot ac dot uk

The deadline for applications for our taught postgraduate courses is the 5th August immediately preceding commencement of study.