Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.
Months of entry
Research in French Studies covers a wide range: from Early Modern theatre and thought to contemporary cinema and dance; from culture and society to modern linguistics.
In the 2014 REF, Modern Languages and Linguistics at Manchester, the unit of assessment that includes French Studies, had more than 70% of research outputs rated at 4* (world leading)/3* (internationally excellent). These results place Modern Languages and Linguistics at Manchester at a highly impressive 3rd out of 57 submissions, nationally, based on research power (calculated by 4* and 3* times number of staff submitted).
The Cluster for Research in Visual Cultures of the French-Speaking World is a focus point for research activity. Numerous major research grants secured by staff include `Queer Cinema from Spain and France: The Translation of Desire and the Formation of Transnational Queer Identities', funded by AHRC 2012-2015; 'Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy' (with University of Glasgow, York St John University and Imperial College London), funded by AHRC 2008-2011; and 'Post-Colonial Negotiations: Visualising the Franco-Algerian Relationship in the Post-War Period' (with University of Durham), funded by AHRC 2008-2011, and a Visiting Professorship awarded to Professor Martine Joly (Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux III) by the Leverhulme Trust, February - April 2008.
Staff have also secured numerous grants to support smaller research projects, to complete books or articles or to host visiting researchers from other countries. Research seminars, involving both visiting speakers and discussion of staff and students' current work, further enhance the research culture.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English require:
an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component
a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test
a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component
an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.
Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:
- Research Impact Scholarships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
- AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures PhD Studentships 2018-19
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
- +44 (0)161 275 3559