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MPhil/PhD in French Studies

Standard duration: Full-time 3-4 years, Part-time Up to 7 years

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and ideally a Master’s in a related subject

English Language: IELTS 7.0, Band B

We welcome graduate research proposals in all areas of French Studies (broadly defined) in which it has relevant expertise. Please see staff specialisms on the website for details. Doctoral students are first registered for an MPhil and are normally considered for an upgrade to PhD registration within 12 months of full-time enrolment. All students are offered personalised skills development opportunities. The recommended maximum length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words. PhD theses are normally written in English but may be written in French subject to formal permission.

Research Interests

Medieval studies; Early-Modern studies; Eighteenth-century studies Nineteenth-century studies; Twentieth-century literature; philosophy, history and theory; Contemporary French and francophone literature, film, and thought; French cultural politics, political thought, and history; Queer theory; Holocaust studies; Post-colonialism; Literary theory; Comparative literature; Translation studies.

Research Degrees

Entry Requirements

MA by Research: 2:i undergraduate degree in a related subject

MPhil/PhD: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and ideally a Master’s in a related subject

English Language Requirements
Band B (Band A, Hispanic Studies)


All applications should be made online at

Applicants for research programmes are urged to contact the department before making an application.

Application Deadline

MA by Research: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

MPhil/PhD: Candidates also applying for funding should take into account that early deadlines apply.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2):
Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

For information on funding opportunities please visit The Graduate School.