French MA


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MA French
1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Entry requirements
A first degree with at least an upper second class honours, or an equivalent qualification.
Other requirements
Additionally, candidates would normally have QTS status or a minimum of one year of approved teaching experience (or equivalent). Other candidates may be considered at the discretion of the department.
6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


Suits both students who intend to continue with their studies to PhD level and those who want to study for an MA for its own interest.
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This MA offers a flexible structure for students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in any of the wide range of areas in which we have research expertise. The course forms an ideal bridge between undergraduate study and postgraduate research, allowing the student to progress towards more independent research under the supervision of specialists in their field. The course is devised to suit either those students who intend to continue with their studies to PhD level, or those who want to study for an MA for its own interest. In-service teachers will find the course offers them a flexible way in which to update or extend their knowledge across the full range of French and Francophone studies. Students who wish to proceed to take a PhD are required to have completed an MA course in order to acquire the necessary research skills in their chosen field of study. At Nottingham we require all MA students to follow a module of research training that is delivered jointly by staff within the department and the University Graduate School (which offers courses of generic training).

Key facts

  • The department has around 15 postgraduates following taught and research programmes each year
  • Modern Languages at Nottingham were ranked 5th in the UK in the latest Research Exercise Framework (REF 2014) for "Research Power", and we are pleased to be at the forefront of the field of francophone studies.
  • The department has an established record of past and present Special Professors. These have included eminent scholars such as Pascal Ory, Luce Irigaray, Jean Emelina and Peggy Kamuf, Françoise Lionnet, Michel Jeanneret and Alec Hargreaves

Course details

The MA course covers:

  • One year (12 months) of full-time postgraduate study, or two years of part-time study.
  • Four courses of Guided Research under the supervision of the appropriate member or members of staff.
  • On completion of the Guided Research modules, the preparation, under individual supervision, of a dissertation of 25,000 words (maximum) either relating to one of the areas already studied or to a new area of research.
  • A module of research training in research methodology and presentation.
  • Attendance, along with other postgraduate students, at the meetings of the regular french postgraduate work-in-progress seminars.

While some students may choose to study three discrete areas from the broad range of French Studies for their Guided Research and dissertation topics, others may wish to specialise.  Students who choose not to specialise may graduate with the MA French.

The course is assessed by the submission of a 5,000 word essay for each of the modules of Guided Research and a dissertation of 25,000 words.  The Research training module is assessed on a written research proposal (60%), 1000 word essay and a 10 minute presentation (40%), and a research portfolio that is not marked.



For details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

New: masters-level professional development modules for arts and humanities students

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

More information about funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Average starting salary and career progression

According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students. Consequently – and owing to our reputation for excellence – more than 94% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts enter employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation**.

* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research.

** Data is taken from known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.


Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers  and  Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.    
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