French at Queen's reflects the dynamism and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world, focusing on the language, culture and society of metropolitan France, and opening up perspectives on a range of global cultures. All students spend an academic year in a francophone country. The undergraduate History programme offers students a wide choice, including ancient, medieval, early modern and modern history; students can explore aspects of gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious and economic change.
French and History Degree highlights
French at Queen's has frequently been in the top five, and consistently in the top seven, in a range of UK league tables over the last three years.
- After stage 2, you will spend a period of residence (normally 8 months or more) in a French-speaking country. Students will have the possibility of acquiring professional experience by teaching in a school, undertaking a work placement, or doing voluntary work. They may also elect to study at a French university. The History programme offers students opportunities to travel and study at universities in Europe and North America. Short-term (two weeks) and longer-term (up to one academic year) exchanges are on offer.Examples include:Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)College of Charleston (South Carolina, USA)Institut d'Etudes Politques de Bordeaux (France)University of Oslo (Norway)Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA) Field trips are also offered in particular years or as part of certain modules.
- Students taking a BA in French and History have genuine opportunities for professional training in a global context. They undertake an extended period of residence abroad (typically 8 months), normally working as an assistant in a school or undertaking a paid work placement in a French-speaking country (options include France, but also for example Canada, Martinique and R��union). Students can also elect to study at a French-speaking university. In addition to the benefits for oral competence, the residence provides a unique opportunity for immersion in French and francophone culture. Moreover, the Year Abroad is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity. This feature of our degree programme gives students the opportunity for personal development, and further develops communication and language skills and intercultural awareness. The challenges of living abroad come to be a unique (and unforgettable) stage in their own personal development.
- Several modules include links with local collaborative partners, which provide students with opportunities to network with experts in the field or to gain experience of particular industries prior to graduation. Internships have also been developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.
World Class Facilities
- Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures and in History. Students can access digitised primary sources or can utilise material housed in the Special Collections or University Archive. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- French and History at Queen's are taught by world-leading experts, who are conducting cutting edge research in their respective fields. Research in Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014). History at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed that History at Queen's is producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing Queen's in the top 10 of UK history departments.
- The National Student Survey results show consistent student satisfaction with the French and History programme, and with the university experience more generally.
Mark Jose Sandy, Cambridgeshire, England
2nd Year, BA Single Honours History
Studying for a French and History degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.
Employment after the Course
Graduates of French and History go on to work in a very wide range of sectors, including media and communications, civil service, advertising, journalism, tourism, teaching and translation. They are particularly in demand in careers requiring a high level of communication and presentation skills, as well as strong critical and analytical thinking.
Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Fast-stream Civil Service
Museums, archives and libraries
Publishing, journalism and media
"I really enjoyed my degree, especially the year abroad which allowed me to gain valuable professional experience and intercultural awareness. In addition, the high degree of analytical and linguistic training I received has prepared me very well for my work in the Department of Education in the areas of policy and legislation."
Sarah Malcolmson, graduated in 2003 in French and History, is now a Deputy Principal in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
At Level 1, the Martin Lynn Memorial Prizes recognise the best performances in the 'Exploring History I' and 'Exploring History II' modules.
Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral examination in French.
The A. N. Troughton Award and the Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize recognise academic achievement at Levels 1 and 2.
The Chris Shorley Prize rewards the best performances in the Language exam in Level 3.
The Denis Rebbeck Prize is awarded to the student who shows most promise at the end of Level 2.
The Esther Ballantine Prize is awarded for the best performance in any pathway involving modern history
The J.C. Beckett Prize is awarded for the best overall performance by a Level 1 History student.
The K.H. Connell Prize rewards the graduating student who has the best performance in an Economic and Social History module.
The Lewis Warren Prize is awarded for the best performance in any Medieval History module at Levels 2 or 3.
The Mary Gardiner Prize is awarded to the Level 3 student who achieves greatest distinction in Ancient History in the final examinations.
The Montgomery Medal is awarded for the best final-year undergraduate dissertation on an aspect of current affairs in Ireland.
The QUB History Society Prize rewards the best group project in 'History and Historians: Contested Pasts'.
The Richard Bales Prize is awarded to the student with the highest mark in an optional module in Level 3.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students on this pathway. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement in Level 1, we have a range of endowed prizes.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.