M.A. Francophone and Postcolonial Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13730 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP5380 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
The newly introduced MA offers a flexible structure for students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in francophone and postcolonial studies.



The newly introduced MA offers a flexible structure for students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in francophone and postcolonial studies. The course forms an ideal bridge between undergraduate study and postgraduate research, allowing the student to progress towards more independent research under the supervision of specialists in their field.

The course is devised to suit either those students who intend to continue with their studies to PhD level, or those who want to study for an MA for its own interest. In-service teachers will find the course offers them a flexible way in which to update or extend their knowledge across the full range of French and Francophone Studies.

Students who wish to proceed to take a PhD are required to have completed an MA course in order to acquire the necessary research skills in their chosen field of study.

At Nottingham we require all MA students to follow a module of research training that is delivered jointly by staff within the department and the University Graduate School (which offers courses of generic training).

Key facts

  • The department has around 15 postgraduates following taught and research programmes each year
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Department was ranked third in the UK in terms of "research power" which takes into account the number and proportion of research-active staff submitted in each unit
  • The department has an established record of past and present Special Professors. These have included such eminent scholars as Pascal Ory, Luce Irigaray, Jean Emelina and Peggy Kamuf, Françoise Lionnet and Michel Jeanneret

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Starting in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.

Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • GBP13730 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP5380 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

The MA course covers:

  • One year (12 months) of full-time postgraduate study, or two years of part-time study.
  • Two courses of Guided Research under the supervision of the appropriate member or members of staff.
  • On completion of the Guided Research modules, the preparation, under individual supervision, of a dissertation of 25,000 words (maximum) either relating to one of the areas already studied or to a new area of research.
  • A module of research training in research methodology and presentation.
  • Attendance, along with other postgraduate students, at the meetings of the regular French postgraduate work-in-progress seminars.

While some students may choose to study three discrete areas from the broad range of French Studies for their Guided Research and Dissertation topics, others may wish to specialise. Students who choose to specialise in the Francophone and Postcolonial studies field of research expertise may graduate with the MA Francophone and Postcolonial Studies.

The course is assessed by the submission of a 5,000 word essay for each of the modules of Guided Research and a dissertation of 25,000 words. The Research training module is assessed on a written research proposal (60%), 1000 word essay and a 10 minute presentation (40%), and a research portfolio that is not marked.

English Language Requirements


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  • Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class Honours degree or international equivalent)
  • IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (minimum 62)

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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