A good upper second-class degree in French (Single or Joint Honours), or the equivalent, is usually required
Months of entry
Our internationally recognised research ranges from the medieval to the contemporary period, focusing on the 18th century and after, with the preponderance in the 20th century. Recent and on-going PhDs in French Studies span a broad range of periods and topics, and we welcome enquiries and proposals relating both to discrete specialisms and to interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary work.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
Postgraduate research is pursued in its broadest social and intellectual context, and you develop your research project within an active and friendly postgraduate community. Postgraduates are offered opportunities to present work-in-progress at Departmental Research Seminars and at the School Postgraduate Forum. As appropriate, staff and supervisors will also guide postgraduate students in important areas beyond the thesis itself, such as the preparation of external conference papers and research publications. Since we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary work, it is possible to arrange joint supervision involving staff from other Departments, thereby giving you access to a broader knowledge base and maximising the quality and originality of your work.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
The Algerian War of Independence; the French colonial experience. Decadence; Revolutionary fiction; 18th- and 20th-century women's writing; drama (Beckett, Koltès); comparative literature (French and English); European and national identities. French cultural history, especially of the 20th century; the Nouvelle Revue Française and Jean Paulhan; Franco–British cultural relations. History and theories of sexuality; history and politics of sexual 'perversion'; modern critical theory; nineteenth-century French writing and culture; decadence and the fin de siecle; cinema and media studies; death studies Dada and Surrealism in French literature and film, particularly Tristan Tzara, Luis Buñuel and Jean-Luc Godard; 20th-century French poetry. 20th-century prose fiction; especially Julien Gracq, Patrick Modiano, J.M.G. Le Clézio; memory in literature, memory of WWI and WWII; the City in literature and visual culture. Early modern French literature and culture. Francophone Caribbean literature and film from Martinique and Guadeloupe and the Antillean diaspora (including the Haitian diaspora in Canada); Francophone colonial and postcolonial studies more generally. French cinema (all periods); 20th-century visual art; literary, critical and feminist theory; Duras; Beckett. Inter-war literature and culture; Second World War and literature; Irène Némirovsky; women’s writing; literature and translation; travel writing. Colonial and postcolonial studies; popular representations of Empire in Britain and in France; European imperialisms in comparative perspective; the decolonisation of European empire; colonial and postcolonial history of francophone Africa, North Africa and the Sahara. 19th-century literature; Honoré de Balzac; the politics of Balzacian provinciality; contemporary re-imaginings of 19th-century literature. 20th- and 21st-century French poetry, especially post-1945 and extreme contemporary; relations between art and literature in France; text-and-image studies.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiry Service
- 0121 414 5005