Research Pathways for French Studies

The Department of French Studies fosters interdisciplinary research on French language and French and Francophone cultures across a range of contexts and a variety of critical approaches. It offers a vibrant and collaborative environment for postgraduate research and a wide variety of research interests that include spoken French around the world, gender and race, Francophonie, diaspora community and migrations, ethnography of communication, cinema, language acquisition, digital literacy, popular culture, minority and social movements, contemporary politics and history, second language development and so on. We are part of an international network of prestigious universities.

This exciting area of interdisciplinary study means that we are able to offer supervision for postgraduate students in these and many other fields. Emerging fields, new perspectives and new critical debates are always welcome.

Go to the Department's Research Strengths webpage for information on research areas in French and staff's current projects.

Current postgraduate research students

See Current Projects for current postgraduate research student projects, and recent theses.

The postgraduate research students presently enrolled in the Department engage in research on a wide range of topics in the field of French and Francophone Studies. The majority work in interdisciplinary fields with an international emphasis or have chosen to deepen their understanding of various cultures of the French and Francophone world.
Three of our current students are enrolled in a cotutelle with the Universities of Paris-Dauphine, Aix-Marseille and Lumière University Lyon 2.

Departmental research seminars

The department holds a series of seminars in the Common Room 536 (BrennanMcCallum Building). Papers are presented by academic staff, visiting academics, and research postgraduates. You are encouraged to attend a set of fortnightly research seminars designed to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of research in the Department and beyond. You will be required to give a 20-minute paper to the Departmental Seminars in which you outline your research project and its progress or present a particular aspect of your project. The Departmental Research Seminars offer an excellent opportunity to develop a greater sense of belonging to a lively academic community. As a member of the seminar you will become more aware of the variety of research being carried out in the department and in the discipline.

Calendar of French Department seminars and other events.


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 Postgraduate Research coordinator.

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: