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. Politics at QUB is concerned with the sources of conflict, co-operation, power and decision-making within and between societies, how differences are expressed through ideology and organisation, and how, if at all, disagreements and problems are resolved.
French and Politics Degree highlights
Various serving politicians have studied Politics at Queen's, including Ian Paisley Jr (MP), and ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive (e.g. Megan Fearon, Sinn F��in).
- 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.
- There are also has links with Queen's University's Global Research Centre, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Many of the staff are Fellows in the Mitchell Institute, where they work in collaboration with experts in peace and conflict studies from other disciplines such as law, sociology, and the creative arts.
- Students taking a BA in French and Politics have a very real opportunity to gain professional experience 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.
- The study of French and Politics is not directed towards any one professional pathway, but rather provides the generic skills for success in a number of professional fields including the civil service, media, the charity sector, education, etc.
- Politics at QUB offers a range of employment placements where students can gain real world work experience which is invaluable in terms of employment after graduation. Given that Belfast is a regional capital with devolved powers, we can offer students placements in the high profile political and related institutions on our doorstep - for example in the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, or BBC Northern Ireland.
World Class Facilities
- Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures, and in Politics. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- French at Queen's is taught by world-leading experts in nineteenth and twentieth-century French and Francophone Culture, with particular expertise in visual culture, linguistics, popular culture, 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).
- With over 30 staff at the cutting edge of research and publication, the Politics division in Queen's is the largest in Ireland and one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, with specialisms in Irish and British politics, political theory, sustainable development, the politics of film and literature, gender, the Middle East, European Union politics, ethnic conflict and international relations.
- The Head of School, Prof. Yvonne Galligan, OBE, is an internationally recognised expert in the politics of gender. She was a member of an Independent Commission of Inquiry on The Consequences of Devolution for the UK House of Commons (the McKay Commission), in 2013. She was also independent chairperson of the Markievicz Commission in Ireland on measures to implement the candidate gender quota of 30%, in 2014. She was awarded an OBE in the Birthday 2014 Honours List.
- Prof. Beverley Milton Edwards has advised various governments in her role as an expert on the Middle East, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brooking Institution.
- Prof. David Phinnemore is an expert on EU Treaty reform and EU enlargement, which led to his secondment as an advisor to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
- French at Queen's came 2nd, with an overall satisfaction score of 96%, in the Sunday Times subject rankings 2016. It is ranked 5th in the Guardian University League Table for 2017, and is 7th in the 'Complete University Guide' for 2017.
- Our uniquely supportive pastoral care/personal tutor system is equalled only by the academic guidance available. Students run a lively French Society, and our vibrant Politics Society (Polysoc) provides a welcome and stimulating environment for new students.
- We have students from around the UK, Ireland, Europe and the wider world, ensuring a rich mix of students with different experiences and backgrounds.
Jessica Simonds, Colwyn Bay, Wales 3rd Year, BA Politics
Studying for a degree in French and Politics 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 and UTV to the Civil Service, from the Irish News to the local assembly and the European Parliament, and including a very wide range of local, national and international companies.
Employment after the Course
French and Politics graduates 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 Programme. In Politics, we offer a range of employment placements where students can gain real world work experience which is invaluable in terms of employment after graduation. Given that Belfast is a regional capital with devolved powers, we can offer students placements in the high profile political and related institutions on our doorstep - for example in the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, or BBC Northern Ireland.
The Prospects website provides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract languages Graduates.
Other Career-related information:
Queen's is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen's students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen's University Belfast full Employability Statement for further information.
"As part of the BA in French, you learn skills that are invaluable in the workplace. Writing and delivering presentations; building working relationships and teaching classes in a foreign country; organising events; working to set deadlines and using critical analysis- all experiences and abilities I have carried with me into employment."
Robert Ainley, who graduated with a BA in French in 2009, is now an assistant producer at UTV.
BBC NI Presenter Mark Carruthers is a graduate from Politics, whilst various serving politicians have studied Politics at Queen's, including Ian Paisley Jr (MP), and ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive (e.g. Megan Fearon, Sinn F��in).
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
Students of both languages receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
The A N Troughton Award and The Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize recognise academic achievement at Levels One and Two.
The Chris Shorley Prize rewards the best performances in the Language exam in Level Three, and 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.
There are a range of similar awards for student performance across various modules and in the dissertation in Politics
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.