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The award
MPhil

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About French Studies at Queen's University Belfast

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 Research Seminars and in interdisciplinary research activity throughout the University. 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
  • Cultural studies
  • 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.

" Studying for my PhD at Queen's has proven to be a great opportunity personally, socially and professionally. It has allowed me to work independently on my research with the encouraging support and contributions of supervisors, staff and other postgraduates. Despite the independent nature of a PhD, I have always felt part of a greater team of researchers. "Ashley Scott Harris
final year PhD student

Career Prospects

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. Apart from working in academia, our graduates find careers in a number of areas, including publishing, research bodies and the business world.

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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Study options for this course

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  • The awardMPhilHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website.

Entry requirements

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.

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