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French Studies

Part-time BA (Hons) Degree

The French Studies degree offers an in-depth, multidimensional knowledge not only of French language but also of French and francophone literature, culture, society, and politics.

Starts Applications for 2019 will be open soon
Day and time Dependent on modules taken; please contact us for more details
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Venue Main Campus
Entry requirements

Flexible entry requirements, consideration given for non-traditional qualifications, work and life experience. Applicants are normally interviewed by the course selector.
All applicants are required to have A-level French or an equivalent level of language.


Minimum five years, maximum 10 years
(most students complete the degree in six years)


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Areas of study

Level 4 (first year of undergraduate study)
The degree consists of 120 Level 4 credits followed by a further 240 Honours Level credits over subsequent years. The degree will take a minimum of five and a maximum of ten years to complete. Please note that the French department offers modules only during the day.
The degree also requires you to reside in France or in an approved French-speaking country for a total of at least four weeks by the end of your second year and a further six weeks by the end of your degree. At Level 4, there are two core modules:

  • French Language I
  • The Story of France

Honours Level
At Honours Level you will have to take two more core modules:

  • French Language II
  • French Language III

Up to two of the remaining six modules can be taken in other departments. We also have a number of cross-school modules open to you. The modules you take in French Studies can be full year-long modules or half-weighted termly modules which gives you a maximum amount of choice.
An indicative list of the modules offered at Honours Level include:

  • Modern Masterpieces
  • French Women Writers from 1968 to the Present
  • Bestsellers of the Nineteenth Century
  • In the Family Way: Birth, sex, and Death in Seventeenth-Century French Culture and Texts
  • Intellectual Interventions: Politics, Literature, and the Left during and after the Algerian War
  • Colonial Memory
  • France and the World since 1945
  • Women and Madness in Nineteenth-Century French Writing
  • The Medieval Arthurian Romances of Chr├ętien de Troyes
  • Paris Hollywood: French Cinema remade in the USA
  • Government and the Shaping of Culture in Contemporary France
  • Postcolonial Literatures in French
  • Literatures of the Great War
  • Representations of the Holocaust
  • Modern French Thinkers
  • French Cinema

Teaching, assessment and study support

The degree is designed to be fully supportive to those who are new to university study, whatever your age. There are a variety of assessments and these may include coursework assignments, formal examinations, presentations and research projects. You can study between one and three 30 credit modules per year. You can expect to commit to around 10 hours a week for each module you take, which includes contact time and independent study. Tutors are experts in their field and have extensive teaching experience, including working with adult learners. Throughout your degree programme you will be provided with considerable support and guidance.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Applications for 2019 will be open soon