Research Pathways for French Studies

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers the following postgraduate degrees by research:

  • Master of Arts (Research)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Direct admission is possible at any level, provided that the applicable entry requirements are met.

If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in the area of French Studies and would like to discuss the opportunities that might be available to you, please contact the Chair of Department.

For information on matters that are not covered here, including information on fees and English-language requirements, please see the website of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and/or the International Student Office. The following links should be helpful:

Areas of Research Supervision

For information about research strengths in the department, view our academic profiles and the department's research profile.

Language and Linguistics


Literature Social Sciences and the
French-speaking World
Medieval French

French syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

Applied Linguistics in French


Second-language pedagogy in French

Sociolinguistics and the ethnography of communication

Translation and translation studies

Discourse semantics

Functional grammar

Second language development

Medieval French

French literature and literary movements from the 16th century to the present

French literary theory

Women’s writing

Literature in French from Africa, the Caribbean, Switzerland and Canada
Seventeenth-eighteenth-century history of ideas

Cultural theory

Culture and politics in France today

Contemporary French society

Sociology of literature

Sociology of theatre

French popular culture

French cinema

French speaking cultures other than France

Feminist theory and practice

Ideologies of racism/antiracism and cultural/national identity

Culture, gender and class Cross-cultural studies