Research course


University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent and the appropriate language skills.

Months of entry


Course content

Kent offers an excellent environment for postgraduate study in French literature, thought, culture, society and the visual arts from the 18th century to the present. French at Kent was in the top ten in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Our main research interests include word and image studies, narratology, literary theory, psychoanalysis, sociolinguistics, postcolonial studies, gender studies and autobiography. Staff and postgraduates in French take a leading role in the School of European Culture and Languages’ Centre for Modern European Literature and the School of English’s Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century, whose activities include conferences, lectures, research seminars and reading groups. Students also participate in an annual international conference organised by Skepsi, an online journal based in the School of European Culture and Languages and run by MA and PhD candidates.

Our programmes benefit from Kent’s proximity to Paris in more than one way. Most colleagues within French have research links in Paris. We have a long-standing exchange with the prestigious École Normale Supérieure. A more recent development is the exciting range of MA programmes based in Canterbury and Paris. Roughly half of our research students opt for a co-tutelle leading to the award of a PhD from Kent and a doctorate froma French institution. Students who undertake their research entirely in Canterbury benefit from the cosmopolitan atmosphere at the UK’s European university.

Research MA and PhD programmes, based in Canterbury with an optional year in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure.

Department specialisms

Research areas: Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies (CLLS); Centre for Modern European Literature

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Thomas Baldwin
+44 (0)1227 824718