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French Studies

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year

2017

Programme length

3 year(s)

School

Arts, English and Languages

Overview

French and Francophone Studies are part of the Modern Languages research cluster which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos. Within this cluster, French and Francophone Studies aim to promote cutting-edge research and debate across a variety of areas. Both individual and collaborative projects are encouraged.

Staff, Postdoctoral research assistants and postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in the School's Research Seminars and in interdisciplinary research activity in the School and beyond, notably in the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH), the Interdisciplinary Linguistics Group (ILing) and the Postcolonial Forum. Within the ICRH, the Mobilities Research Group, the International Crime Fiction Research Group and the Health Humanities Research Group are led by staff in French. All staff and postgraduates regularly participate in international conferences and we host major conferences and workshops on a regular basis.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

Staff have an established research profile across the spectrum of fields within French and Francophone Studies. Prominent areas include:

  • Linguistics (sociolinguistics, variation, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis)
  • Literature and visual cultures
  • Nineteenth-century novel and poetry
  • Popular culture
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone literature and film

We also have a strong record in supervising comparative and interdisciplinary theses across the different languages represented in the School of Modern Languages and with other Schools in the University. A number of recent and current research projects have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the EU (Horizon 2020), including a project on the digitisation of popular culture in a transnational frame, one on cultural tourism and the role of festivals and one on temporality in French and Occitan oral narrative.

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Maeve McCusker
French Studies
School of Arts, English and Languages
Tel: 028 9097 3680
Email: french@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/ael/

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Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Research in Modern Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in REF 2014 for Research Intensity and 5th for Grade Point Average, with particular strengths in literary studies, linguistics, translation and interpreting, postcolonial studies, visual cultures, digital humanities and medical humanities. The School hosts several large research projects across all the language areas, funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust and Horizon 2020. 

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