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).
The MA course covers:
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.
No work experience is required.
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