The emphasis in both French and Irish is on modern language and culture, and issues of language and identity will be at the core of the joint programme. In French, the course offers insight into the language and society of both metropolitan France and a range of francophone cultures throughout the world. In Irish, you will develop a broad understanding of diverse aspects of Irish culture and society, including cinema, the short story, the novel and modern poetry.
French and Irish Degree highlights
French and Irish at Queen's have frequently been in the top five, and consistently in the top seven, in a range of league tables published 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.
- Students taking a BA in French and Irish 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.
- We have former students in senior positions in most Irish language sectors and we maintain good links with media production companies, the translation sector and language promotion agencies. More generally, we have excellent connections with media, print journalism and a very wide range of local, national and international companies.
World Class Facilities
- Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures and in Irish. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and IT provision more generally is excellent.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- French and Irish at Queen������s are taught by world-leading experts, with particular expertise in French and Irish linguistics, Gaelic names, visual cultures, medical humanities and postcolonial writing. Research in Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014).
- Students run a lively French Society and an Irish Society, and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
Maol��osa McGarry, Level Three student French and Irish
Studying for a French and Irish degree at Queen's will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by employers (local, national and international) for their communication and critical thinking skills, and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
Typical careers pursued by our graduates include business, media, marketing, translation, publishing, education/teaching, translation/interpreting, PR, journalism, fast stream Civil Service, and banking.
88% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Starting salaries are in the region of £21,800. They are employed in a range of organisations, from the BBC, UTV and TG4, to the Civil Service, from the Irish News to the European Parliament, and including a very wide range of local, national and international companies.
Employment after the Course
Graduates in French and Irish go on to work in a very wide range of sectors, including media and communications, 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.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Santander and the British Council. Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as the British Council Assistantships Program.
Damian McCann graduated in French and Irish in 2003. Upon graduating he was accepted onto the Irish Language Broadcast Fund's trainee scheme and subsequently the ILBF's trainee producer scheme in 2008. Since that time he has been working as an in-house producer and director at Tobar towers.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
In French, the A N Troughton Award and The Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize recognise academic achievement at Levels One and Two.
In Irish, the Donohoe prize is awarded for the highest mark in the oral examination in Level Two.
Students of both languages receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
The Chris Shorley Prize rewards the best performances in the Language exam in Level Three.
The Emrys Evans Book prize is awarded at Levels One and Two for the best performance in the written language examination.
The Richard Bales Prize is awarded to the student with the highest mark in an optional module in Level Three.
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 One, 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.