Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

French

At MPhil/PhD level we aim for students to make the transition into fully fledged, independent academic researchers, with the skills necessary to present their research orally as well as in writing, in addition to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. Such independence is achieved on the basis of a full appreciation of the hallmarks of good scholarship, such as original thought, the proper use of references and background material, appropriate use of methodology and accountable reporting procedures, and it is these priorities that we aim to impart to our students. Once equipped with the generic and discipline-specific tools for carrying out research, you pursue your particular research interests, supported by regular meetings with your supervisor and attendance at MPhil/PhD seminars. We are able to provide supervision in most aspects of French language, literature and culture, including: the Renaissance; classicism; the Enlightenment; literature from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century; travel literature; the fantastic; literature and the visual arts; literary criticism; gender studies; history of French thought; contemporary literature; French linguistics; bilingualism; French cinema; colonial and contemporary French history. Supervision in interdisciplinary subjects is also possible.

Entry requirements

PhD

A good honours degree in French or equivalent. Specific indication of research interests or outline of proposed research prior to interview. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

MPhil

A good honours degree in French or equivalent.

Specific indication of research interests or outline of proposed research prior to interview. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

We are able to provide supervision in most aspects of French language, literature and culture, including: the Renaissance; classicism; the Enlightenment; literature from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century; travel literature; the fantastic; literature and the visual arts; literary criticism; gender studies; history of French thought; contemporary literature; French linguistics; bilingualism; French cinema; colonial and contemporary French history. Supervision in interdisciplinary subjects is also possible.

Assessment methods

The MPhil thesis is not more than 60,000 words; the PhD thesis is not more than 100,000 words. Both the MPhil and the PhD are assessed by a viva voce examination. The thesis requirements for a practice-based project vary according to the nature of the research and can be discussed with the admissions tutors.

Sponsorship information

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer a range of funding opportunities for 2017-2018 entry.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 5 years
PhD Full-time January 2018 - 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2018 - 5 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time January 2018 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time January 2018 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of European Cultures and Languages
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8374