-The Department has around 20 postgraduates following taught and research programmes each year.
-The Department of French and Francophone Studies was awarded an Excellent rating of 5A in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.
-The Department has an established record of past and present Special Professors. These have included such eminent scholars as Pascal Ory, Luce Irigaray, Jean Emelina and Peggy Kamuf, Françoise Lionnet and Michel Jeanneret.
The MA course covers:
-One year (twelve months) of full-time postgraduate study, or two years of part-time study.
-Two courses of Guided Research under the supervision of the appropriate member or members of staff.
-On completion of the Guided Research modules, the preparation, under individual supervision, of a dissertation of 25,000 words (maximum) either relating to one of the areas already studied or to a new area of research.
-A module of research training in research methodology and presentation.
-Attendance, along with other postgraduate students, at the meetings of the regular French postgraduate work-in-progress seminars.
While some students may choose to study three discrete areas from the broad range of French Studies for their Guided Research and Dissertation topics, others may wish to specialize. Students who choose to specialize in the early modern field of research expertise may graduate with the MA in Early Modern French Studies.
The course is assessed by the submission of a 5,000 word essay for each of the modules of Guided Research and a dissertation of 25,000 words. The Research training module is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis and requires the submission of a training portfolio, a written research proposal and an oral presentation.