Research course


University of Glasgow · College of Arts
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

French at Glasgow offers a broad spectrum of expertise and supervision from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period, on poetry, the novel, theatre and performance studies, language studies, cultural studies, theory and thought, and visual cultures including emblems, fine art and cinema.

French at Glasgow is part of a thriving School of Modern Languages and Cultures, with a lively research environment and postgraduate community. Staff produce world-leading research both within specialist fields of French and Francophone Studies, through transcultural, comparative work with colleagues from other languages across the School, and in more wide-ranging interdisciplinary collaborations across the College of Arts (English Literature, History, History of Art, Film, Digital Humanities, Philosophy, Theology) and College of Social Sciences (Politics, Education, Sociology, Economic History).

Many of the research staff in French at Glasgow hold key roles in subject associations, national and international networks, and are involved as editors or editorial board members with some of the leading journals in the field, such as French Cultural Studies, Paragraph or European Comic Art.

We would welcome proposals from any area of French studies, but particular research strengths include:

  • Contemporary French History and Society
  • Francophone African and Caribbean Literature and Visual Culture
  • Medieval Literature and Culture, and its relations to present day culture
  • Text/Image Studies, particularly Emblems and Bandes dessinées
  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Culture including Poetry
  • Philosophical and theoretical approaches to literature and film
  • Gender Studies
  • Translation (Practice and Theory)

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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