M.A. French Culture and Politics

University of Nottingham

Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,380 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 13,730 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This MA offers a flexible structure for students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in French culture and politics. 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


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 culture and politics field of research expertise may graduate with the MA French Culture and Politics.

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.


* 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)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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