Research course


University of Cambridge · Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Entry requirements

Applicants for PhD study should have achieved a strong honours degree in a relevant field, with clear evidence of research potential, and a distinction in their UK Masters degree (or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

We have expertise and welcome PhD candidates in most areas of French Studies, including Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Francophone literary and cultural studies, as well as French linguistics, and topics involving philosophy, critical theory, gender, cinema, and other interdisciplinary areas (see staff details).

Those interested in other fields should consult the Graduate Director in French, Prof. Nicholas Hammond, about the availability of supervision.

The Modern Languages Faculty library has a good working collection of works in French Studies and the University Library's collection is very extensive. Many works are on open access and can be reserved on-line from College terminals.

Information for international students

English Language Proficiency: IELTS 7.5 (minimum of 7 in each unit); TOEFL iBT 110 (minimum 25 in each individual element); CAE Grade A or B (minimum 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment; CPE Grade A, B or C (with minimum 200 in each individual element).

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,094 p.a.
International students
EU £8,094 p.a. Non EU £22,248 p.a.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trusts, Gates Cambridge Scholarships, College Scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

MML Graduate Office
+ 44 (0)1223 335057