Research course

French Studies

Queen's University Belfast · School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Months of entry


Course content

French and Francophone Studies are part of the Modern Languages research cluster which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos. Within this cluster, French and Francophone Studies aim to promote cutting-edge research and debate across a variety of areas. Both individual and collaborative projects are encouraged.

Staff, Postdoctoral research assistants and postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in the School's Research Seminars and in interdisciplinary research activity in the School and beyond, notably in the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH), the Interdisciplinary Linguistics Group (ILing) and the Postcolonial Forum. Within the ICRH, the Mobilities Research Group, the International Crime Fiction Research Group and the Health Humanities Research Group are led by staff in French. All staff and postgraduates regularly participate in international conferences and we host major conferences and workshops on a regular basis.


Staff have an established research profile across the spectrum of fields within French and Francophone Studies. Prominent areas include:

  • Linguistics (sociolinguistics, variation, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis)
  • Literature and visual cultures
  • Nineteenth-century novel and poetry
  • Popular culture
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone literature and film

We also have a strong record in supervising comparative and interdisciplinary theses across the different languages represented in the School of Modern Languages and with other Schools in the University. A number of recent and current research projects have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the EU (Horizon 2020), including a project on the digitisation of popular culture in a transnational frame, one on cultural tourism and the role of festivals and one on temporality in French and Occitan oral narrative.

Information for international students

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Maeve McCusker
+44 (0)28 9097 3680
+44 (0)28 9097 5345