Taught course

French Studies (Research Track)

University of Sheffield · French

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in French, or a degree with French as a named component. If you have a different qualification, please contact us for advice.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

This course is an opportunity to develop your understanding of particular aspects of French language, literature and culture while enhancing your research and critical skills. It’s designed for students who see an MA as an end in itself, as well as those who want to prepare for a PhD.

All students take a core module, which is updated each year. This year students are examining writings by key French and francophone intellectuals including Cixous, Deleuze, Foucault and Glissant alongside texts from the eighteenth century onwards, to examine issues such as consumer culture, gender and race, and problems of identity and power.

You also have the option to take a shorter course and qualify with a postgraduate diploma or certificate. Please contact us for further information.

Core modules

  • French Cultural Studies I
  • French Cultural Studies II

Examples of optional modules

  • Advanced Translation from French
  • Case Study in Social Sciences
  • Constructions of the City
  • Critical Theory
  • Directed Reading
  • Gender Studies
  • Research Skills

Students can also choose from a selection of modules run by other departments.

Teaching and assessment

We teach in English and French, as appropriate. Assessment is by coursework (including essays, translations and analytical exercises) and projects or a dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 0631