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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
St Andrews

About this program

French MA Hons

As an MA (Hons) student of French, you will develop language and communications skills to a high level of proficiency through the study of French and Francophone language, literature and culture. You will have the opportunity to engage with a number of research-led specialist topics, which include:

  • literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day
  • French politics and culture
  • performance studies
  • intellectual history
  • postcolonial literature and theory
  • gender theory
  • film adaptation
  • modern French thought
  • creative writing
  • translation studies.

During your third year, you have the opportunity to study abroad in France at one of the University’s partner institutions. Students who spend a year abroad develop their linguistic skills, intercultural competence, and self-confidence.

The MA (Hons) in French is a four or five-year course run by the School of Modern Languages. In the first two years, you will build on your existing skills in French and be offered a broad view of language, literature, society and culture. You will further develop skills of close reading, listening, speaking, writing and translation.

Admission requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

  • SQA Highers
  • GCE A-Levels
  • IB points

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:

  • French Language and Literature 1
  • French Language and Literature 2

Second Year

Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:

  • Second Level French Language 1
  • Second Level French Language 2


If you take French in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate literary, historical and cultural studies into language learning. Modules at Honours level offered in previous years have included (but are not limited to):

  • African Francophone Fiction
  • An Introduction to the French Classical Period
  • Contemporary French Crime Fiction
  • Creative Writing in French
  • De Gaulle and Since: Topics in the Politics, Culture and Society of the Fifth Republic (1)
  • Diversifying C19th French Poetry
  • From Text to Screen: Novels and Their Film Adaptations
  • Goods and Ads: Consumerism in Modern France
  • Libertine Literature and Libertinage in Eighteenth-Century France
  • Nineteenth-century French Narratives of the Sea
  • Politics, Propaganda and Mythmaking in Medieval France
  • Saint-Domingue: Theatre and Society in a Caribbean Slave Colony
  • Translating French Opera
  • Translation Methodology
  • Women’s Voices in Renaissance France.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

All modern language modules involve a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical languages classes. Lectures provide information, stimulate thought, and suggest directions for further reading and personal study. Small tutorials allow you to actively work together with your tutors and your peers to practise language skills, present papers, and discuss texts and issues relevant to the course.

Typical class sizes include:

  • First year: lectures 90 to 120, seminars 10 to 15
  • Second year: lectures 50 to 70, seminars 10 to 15
  • Honours: groups of 5 to 15

When not attending lectures, tutorials and language classes, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career paths

Modern languages graduates have an extremely good record of employment after graduating, not only in all sectors that require advanced language skills but also in professional environments that demand good communication and analytical skills.

Employers value language graduates because they demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and intercultural skills.

Many graduates go on to:

  • specialise in translation and interpreting services, in language teaching or other sector-specific careers
  • join international institutions and enterprises, working in international development departments, human resources, administration, media and communication jobs
  • start a career in the banking and financial sector
  • join the civil service, particularly in positions within the Foreign Office
  • continue to study at postgraduate level.

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