Research course

French

Institution
University of Cambridge · Department of French
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Distinction).

In addition to a distinction or equivalent in a master's degree, applicants should hold a strong honours degree in a relevant field, with clear evidence of research potential.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The PhD in French is awarded on the basis of a thesis, a substantial piece of writing which reports original research into a closely defined area of enquiry. The completion of the PhD thesis is generally expected to take three years, and most funding is based on this assumption. It is also possible to take a part-time route through research degrees, and the expected timeframe would be five years. The important notion of "original" can be defined in a number of ways, but basically the thesis should represent a significant contribution to learning, through the discovery of new knowledge, or through the connection of previously unrelated facts, or the development of new theory, or the revision of older views, or some combination of these different criteria. In writing the thesis, you are expected to take due account of previously published work on the subject, and you should ensure that the thesis is clearly and accurately written, paying due account to English style and grammar. The thesis must be written in English, apart from quotations. There is a normal word limit of 80,000 words, including footnotes and appendices, but excluding the bibliography.

During your research, you will work closely with a supervisor who is a specialist in your research area. You will also be assigned an advisor, who will normally have an interest in your research area and who is able to offer advice whenever needed. In addition to providing specialist supervision, the Faculty runs a programme of professional training for the benefit of all research students.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of a PhD course, students will have produced a piece of extended original research, of publishable or near-publishable quality.

They will have obtained:

  • expert knowledge of a particular field of French studies;
  • knowledge of the methodology or methodologies appropriate to their field;
  • a set of research skills appropriate to their field;
  • the ability to produce scholarly writing in English of a sufficiently high standard; and
  • an appropriate set of transferable skills, such as work planning and time management.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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